John Henning Schumann

Dr. John Henning Schumann is a writer, internist, and medical educator at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. His medical practice consists of adult primary care, in addition to training residents and medical students. He serves as Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at OU.

He previously worked to improve patients’ experiences at teaching hospitals in Boston and Chicago before moving to Tulsa in 2011. He writes the popular blog GlassHospital, which demystifies medicine and health care.

“Dr. John” lives in Tulsa with his wife and two children.

John's commentaries are feature of Public Radio Tulsa's daily arts and culture program StudioTulsa.

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4:20am

Sun December 7, 2014
Shots - Health News

If Slow Is Good For Food, Why Not Medicine?

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 8:05 am

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Maybe you've heard about the slow food movement. Maybe you're a devotee.

The idea is that cooking, nutrition and eating should be intentional, mindful and substantive. Avoid fast food and highly processed grub. For the slow food set, the process is as important as the product.

Now I'm seeing a medical version of slow food. The concept is bubbling up in response to industrialized, hypertechnological and often unnecessary medical care that drives up costs and leaves both doctors and patients frazzled.

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1:53pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Shots - Health News

What A Brush With SARS Taught A Doctor About Ebola

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 11:45 am

A man wears a protective mask as he carries a bouquet of flowers at Women's College Hospital in Toronto in March 2003, when SARS fears about were widespread.
Kevin Frayer AP

Back in 2003 I was a junior doctor working at a Chicago teaching hospital.

As one of the newer docs, my daily appointment schedule had lots of openings. Pretty much any assignment nobody else wanted came my way.

One morning the nurse who managed our clinic told me that my first patient for the afternoon may have been exposed to a deadly virus while he was traveling in Asia.

My job would be to dress up in a medical hazmat suit, examine him and figure out whether he should be quarantined.

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4:35pm

Wed April 30, 2014
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Botched Execution Leads Doctor To Review His Principles

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 2:09 pm

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin issues a statement to the media after the execution of Clayton Lockett. Oklahoma Secretary of Safety and Security Michael C. Thompson stands behind her at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Alonzo Adams AP

Executions in this country often draw controversy. But when the headlines about them include words like botched or bungled, the debate about capital punishment enters new territory.

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12:52pm

Sat January 11, 2014
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5 Simple Habits Can Help Doctors Connect With Patients

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 9:06 am

Katherine Streeter for NPR

I pulled back the curtain, ready to meet the next patient on my hospital rounds.

"Why are you standing there?" she asked me. "Come, have a seat, let's talk."

Lenore could have been my grandmother. She was 77 years old, and all of 93 pounds. What she lacked in girth, she more than made up for in chutzpah. She was one of the patients from intern year who I'll never forget.

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5:10am

Sun December 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

For 2 Young Doctors, Working On Christmas Was A Privilege

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 7:03 am

Katherine Streeter for NPR

December is supposed to be the time of year filled with family gatherings and holiday good cheer. For medical residents, quite the opposite is true.

There are no school breaks during residency. Being a medical resident is a real job, and a stressful one at that. Residents work long shifts, even with caps that max out at 16 hours for the newbies and up to 28 hours for those beyond the first year.

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