A Day in the Life of a DO: Dr. Monica Woodall

Some Saturdays I am on call for the local casino as their “rock doc.” I have gotten some amazing opportunities to see some incredible live music and take care of sick celebrities. One of our biggest loves is live music.

In the latest A Day in the Life of a DO series installment, ACOFP Health & Wellness Committee Chair Monica Woodall, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP, shares how she has reprioritized and rebalanced her life as a physician. She discusses how finding more time to spend with her family and developing her hobbies has ultimately led to feeling even more fulfilled.

SARS-CoV-2 Epidemiology, Prevention, Risk Factors, Evaluation, Diagnosis, Management and Vaccines

As COVID-19 continues to evolve, in addition to the research of the virus, it can be challenging to keep up.

In the recent Osteopathic Family Physician (OFP) article, SARS-CoV-2 Epidemiology, Prevention, Risk Factors, Evaluation, Diagnosis, Management and Vaccines, the authors provide a comprehensive overview of each aforementioned area, exploring when and who should be tested, as well as how to navigate inpatient and outpatient treatment. Read the article to review a summary of vaccinations and considerations for the medical community going forward. Then, read the full September/October 2021 issue and complete the OFP CME quiz—free for ACOFP members.


Resident Spotlight: Jaclyn Sylvain, DO

I was interested in finding a program that was strong in rural, full-spectrum family medicine with an emphasis on inpatient medicine, in addition to holding an osteopathic recognition designation.

The Student Association of the ACOFP continues to partner with the Resident Council on the Resident Council Spotlight Series. In the latest installment, students interviewed Jaclyn Sylvain, DO, to learn more about her residency program and how she started with the Student Association of the ACOFP.


Can Major Surgery Increase Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

While major surgery already comes with risks, a recent study shows elevated levels of a specific protein proven to be highly predictive of Alzheimer’s disease may be a new risk following a major procedure. Previously, post-surgery cognition issues were seen as coincidental and anecdotal, and researchers from Stanford Medicine note this is the first time surgery has been connected with biochemical changes specifically related to warning signs for Alzheimer’s disease.

The study found higher levels of p-tau181 in patients who had undergone either cardiac or hip surgery. However, cardiac-surgery patients’ levels remained higher than normal, despite lowering slightly in the first two days following surgery, whereas hip-surgery patients’ levels returned to the normal range.