So, you want to work in hospital administration?

It’s a slow week, the last week of the year. Time to break down gift boxes, heat up leftovers, and reflect on the year gone by. It seems like a lifetime ago that I left my job at a hospital to begin the PhD program, but it was really just a few months ago.  Fortunately, […]

Checklists, programs, and the nature of work

“We need a checklist,” my boss insisted. “So we don’t miss any steps.” So I made a checklist of how to pay out physician incentives. Dozens of steps. I tried implementing it across the hundreds of instances over which incentives are paid. I still missed things. “Why wasn’t that on the list?” Checklists, surprisingly, are […]

Excelstentialism and Systems Blogging

  One thing I’ve grappled with frequently on this blog is whether I am an “Excel blogger.” It is probably increasingly clear that I do not primarily write about Excel. This is especially true because as a graduate student, I do not spend nearly the same amount of time in spreadsheets as I once had. […]

Excel for Healthcare Preview – Conclusion: What Does the Future of Healthcare Mean for Analysts?

  This is a preview of my forthcoming course on Excel for Healthcare. Changes are coming to healthcare. What does this mean for healthcare analysts? In this section I will describe how some trends in healthcare may affect how people will use Excel. Read more about the course at

Excel for Healthcare Preview: Intro to Data Visualization

Healthcare produces massive amounts of data. Use data visualization to make meaning of it all. This is an introduction to some of the most powerful data visualization principles I’ve learned as a healthcare analyst. In the course we will cover examples of how to visualize healthcare data using Microsoft Excel. Learn more at