March 22, 2023

The Path to Becoming a Nurse Midwife: An Interview with Katie Spiess

The Mocingbird team recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Katie Spiess, a nurse-midwife, and advisor to the company, to discuss her experience as a women’s healthcare provider. In this interview, Spiess shares her journey to becoming a midwife, her biggest fears after completing her training, and the lessons she learned along the way

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November 14, 2022

CertifyOS and Mocingbird Announce Partnership to Transform the Continuing Medical Education Process for Clinicians

Integration of the companies’ API-led platforms will drive systemwide efficiencies for licensure, renewals and CME requirements

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September 12, 2022

The Process of Obtaining Initial Licensure For Physicians

In order to legally practice medicine, all physicians must obtain licensure. The process is a rigorous one. Here's what you need to know...

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August 25, 2022

The Transition From Nursing Student to Professional Nurse

It took me almost 30 years to figure out what I want to be. When I was little I wanted to be a fireman or a dinosaur. Neither one of those worked out. Now that I am grown up, I can say that I am proud to be a nurse. Nursing school was a very demanding and emotional rollercoaster, so much so that the mere thought of going back for my NP anytime soon makes me really want to look into a career as a dinosaur. Trying to juggle personal life responsibilities, financial well-being, self-care, social connections, clinicals, and late-night studying is physically and emotionally draining. But I would do it again in a heartbeat to get to where I am today.

In nursing school, you often hear that you learn 1% of the job in school and the other 99% when you start working. I’m not sure why school costs so much…. There are days when I feel like I know nothing at all, but then there are little moments, whether it’s with a patient or another team member, that show me I am exactly where I am meant to be. The transition from student to professional nurse is a reality shock. Once you put your scrubs on and step onto the unit, you are expected to be a professional. Your patients expect to be able to rely on and trust you. It doesn't matter if it’s day one or year 10, you are expected to have the capacity and knowledge to treat the patient with the utmost respect, dignity, care, and empathy. 

I understood what it meant to be a nurse when I was working at a Boston hospital on a med-surg floor. One of my patients had been there for months and was clearly depressed. She was neglecting her mental and physical health and it was obvious she had given up. She refused showers or bed baths, wouldn’t get up to use the bathroom, never brushed her hair, and barely ate any food. Her hair particularly was a stressor for her. She had been laying in this bed with the back of her head pressed against the pillow for months, so she was losing a lot of it. On top of that, it was the most tangled head of hair I had ever seen in my entire life. She told me she just wanted to shave it off and was very adamant about it, but she was clearly upset that it had come to that.

I spent three hours sitting in her room detangling her hair. When I was done, I french braided it and you should have seen the glowing smile on her face. I hadn’t seen her smile in months, which was one of the best moments in my nursing career so far. It may seem silly and hair detangling is definitely not something I am required to do, but my job as a nurse is to make sure my patients feel seen, heard, cared for, and comfortable. I learned that being a nurse isn’t just taking vital signs, performing head-to-toe assessments, administering medications, etc. It is my duty to nurture each and every one of my patients, helping them find new ways to grow, heal and lead a happier life.

One of my biggest takeaways from this experience is how amazing and rewarding it is to be a part of this respected profession. I have quickly realized that while yes, this is a job, it also becomes a part of your identity. Nursing will never simply be a job for me, it is a passion. It is a constant process of learning and growing in my personal and professional life.

Author: Sam Dorman

July 27, 2022

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is more than a dietary pattern; it’s the heritage of millennia of exchanges of people, cultures, and foods of all countries around the Mediterranean basin.

The health benefits associated with it have been established by the pioneer Seven Countries Study, followed by numerous other ones. More specifically, it’s been proven to reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some neuro-degenerative diseases, and cancers. In 2010, the Mediterranean diet was also recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid

The Mediterranean diet pyramid provides both a qualitative and quantitative visual representation of the foods, their relative proportions, and the frequency of consumption.

At the base, we can find food items that should sustain the diet and provide the highest energy intake, and at the upper levels, foods to be eaten in moderate amounts or left for special occasions.

Every day

  • Cereals: 1 or 2 servings per meal in the form of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, and others. Whole grain is to be preferred, as processing normally removes fiber and valuable nutrients like vitamins, magnesium, iron, etc. 
  • Vegetables: 2 or more servings per meal. One of the two servings should preferably be consumed raw, to ensure vitamin and mineral daily intakes.
  • Fruit: 1 or 2 servings per meal. For both vegetables and fruits, it’s important to consume a “variety of colors and textures”, to ensure a variety of antioxidants and other protective nutrients. 
  • Dairy products should be consumed in moderate amounts (2 servings per day) in the form of milk, kefir, yogurt, and other fermented dairy products. Although they contribute to bone health due to their richness in Ca, they can be a major source of saturated fat.
  • At the center of the pyramid, we find extra virgin olive oil, which, due to its high content in monounsaturated oleic acids and its abundance of antioxidants, should be the main source of dietary lipids and is recommended for both dressing and cooking as it’s highly resistant to elevated temperatures. EVOO has been proven to positively affect blood lipids and cardiovascular health, while also being inversely associated with some cancers. 
  • Olives, nuts, and seeds are a healthy snack choice, being good sources of healthy lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Onions, garlic, herbs, and spices enhance flavor and palatability while allowing for reduced consumption of salt, known to be one of the main contributing factors to hypertension among predisposed individuals. 
  • A daily intake of 1.5–2 L. of water (equivalent to 6-8 glasses), although needs may vary among people due to age, gender, physical activity, weather conditions, and other personal circumstances. 


  • Legumes (more than 2 servings per week).

Traditionally, Mediterranean dishes do not have animal-origin protein foods as a main source of protein. 

  • Fish and shellfish (2 or more servings per week), as they have anti-inflammatory properties due to their content of long-chain n-3 PUFA, besides healthy protein and lipids. Their consumption has been proven to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. 
  • White meat (2 servings per week) is also a good source of lean protein without the high levels of saturated fat found in some red meat cuts. 
  • Red meat (less than 2 servings per week, preferably lean cuts) and processed meats (less than 1 serving), as their intake has been consistently associated with some chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease and cancer. 


Foods rich in sugars and unhealthy fat, such as candies, pastries, and beverages like sweetened fruit juices and soft drinks.

Cultural and lifestyle elements

There are cultural and lifestyle factors associated with this dietary pattern, such as moderation, a preference for seasonal, fresh, and minimally processed foods, the combination with physical activity (at least 30 minutes throughout the day), and socialization, since time devoted to meals, knowledge transmitted from generation to generation and conviviality are important for the social and cultural aspects of eating, positively affecting food behaviors and therefore health status.

This content is educational in purpose and not to be intended as medical advice.

About the Author

Dr. Patrizia Scali is an Italian ECFMG-certified medical doctor. 

Dr. Scali graduated medical school from Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy and has completed all 3 USMLE Step exams. She has also completed an Accelerated Certificate Program in Business Administration at University of California, Irvine (UCI).

Dr. Scali has conducted pediatric hematology research in Italy, as well as hepatology lab research at Yale School of Medicine in the US. 

She has worked as a primary care physician in Italy, her home country, where she also had extensive experience as a telemedicine doctor.

July 25, 2022

Michigan Board Of Osteopathic Medicine And Surgery

Mocingbird's research team has verified and validated with the Michigan Board Of Osteopathic Medicine And Surgery with the most up-to-date CME requirements for osteopathic doctors. Here is a quick summary of things you must know: 

License Renewal Cycle Time for Michigan (DOs)

  • Michigan state licenses for DOs must be renewed every 3 years. 
  • The license renewal cycle and requirements are not the same for MDs and DOs.

Board Rule Checklist: State of Michigan (DOs)

  • Complete 150 hours of continuing education
    • Due: Every 3 years at license renewal
  • Of the 150 hours, complete a minimum of 60 Category 1 credits 
    • Due: Every 3 years at license renewal 
  • Of the 150 hours, complete a minimum of 1 hour of CE in medical ethics
    • Due: Every 3 years at license renewal
  • Of the 150 hours, complete a minimum of 3 hours of CE in pain and symptom management
    • Due: Every 3 years at license renewal
  • If you are in the U.S. military service: You do not need to comply with the above requirements

Special Requirement for Michigan

  • Complete a one-time training requirement in identifying victims of human trafficking 
  • Due: Beginning with the first renewal cycle after the rules are promulgated and for an initial license or registration issued 5 or more years after the rules are promulgated
    • Example: If your license was issued or renewed in 2016, this requirement is due at license renewal in 2019. If your license was issued or renewed in 2017, this requirement is due at license renewal in 2020. 
  • Note: If you were initially licensed on or after 12/20/2021, you do not need to complete this requirement

For more detailed information, please visit the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website. 

*Requirements are subject to change. Please refer to your Mocingbird account for the most up-to-date accurate information.*

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June 22, 2022

8 Tips to Improve Your Sleep Hygiene

Millions of Americans struggle to get a good night's sleep. While this can be due to many different factors, you can adopt habits to encourage better sleep. Here are eight tips to improve your sleep hygiene.

Know the circadian rhythm 

The circadian rhythm is your “internal clock”, which helps regulate your sleep and wake cycles. It’s important to let light in first thing in the morning, as you wake up, and to get sunlight during the day (for example, by taking a walk after work) as it’s the vision of light that helps the brain coordinate this clock. On the other hand, in the evening, it’s important to keep away from bright lights and limit the exposure to electronics’ blue blight, as this will hinder the production of melatonin, a hormone that facilitates sleep. If you cannot avoid using screens 2 hours before bedtime, an inexpensive pair of blue-light-blocking glasses have been shown to improve the duration and quality of sleep.

Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and other chemicals that interfere with sleep close to bedtime

Caffeine is a stimulant that can be found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and soda. If you drink coffee, it’s better to have your last cup before noon. Although alcohol may help you fall asleep, after a few hours it acts as a stimulant, increasing the number of awakenings and generally decreasing the quality of sleep later in the night.

Balance your fluid intake

Don’t drink too much water at bedtime as you might be awakened by the need for a trip to the bathroom.

Have a light dinner

Finish dinner several hours before bedtime and avoid foods that are spicy, difficult to digest or that might cause heartburn. 

Create a consistent sleep schedule

Going to bed and waking up at the same time is the best and easiest way of synchronizing your circadian rhythm. If you must nap, it’s better to keep it short and before 5 PM.

Turn your bedroom into a sleep oasis

The best environment to promote sleep is a dark, cool, and quiet bedroom. To achieve this you can use heavy curtains, blackout shades, or even an eye mask to block light since light communicates to the brain that it is time to wake up. Earplugs or a "white noise" appliance can also help with any external sounds. The ideal temperature of the bedroom should be between 60 and 75°F and the room should be well ventilated. A comfortable mattress, pillows, and bedding are also important. Not using a computer or work materials in the bedroom will strengthen the mental association between the room and sleep. 

Create a soothing sleep routine

Even something as simple as wearing pajamas, brushing teeth, and getting ready for bed can reinforce in your mind that it's bedtime. Some pre-sleep soothing activities include taking a bath (since the rise and subsequent fall in body temperature promotes drowsiness), reading a book, watching television with blue light blocking glasses, listening to soft music, or practicing relaxation exercises. Avoid stressful reading/TV content, doing work, or discussing emotional issues right before bed as these activities can lead to the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol, which increases alertness.

Don’t stress about falling asleep

If you find yourself struggling to fall asleep, try to stop focusing on the thought of falling asleep and instead try concentrating on relaxing yourself through breathing and meditation exercises. If after approximately 20 minutes you still cannot fall asleep, the best option is to get out of the bedroom and do a relaxing activity, such as reading or listening to soft music. Once you start getting tired again, go back to sleep in your bedroom.

This content is educational in purpose and not to be intended as medical advice.

About the Author

Dr. Patrizia Scali is an Italian ECFMG certified medical doctor. 

Dr. Scali graduated medical school from Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy and has completed all 3 USMLE Step exams. She has also completed an Accelerated Certificate Program in Business Administration at University of California, Irvine (UCI).

Dr. Scali  has conducted pediatric hematology research in Italy, as well as hepatology lab research at Yale School of Medicine in the US. She has worked as a primary care physician in Italy, her home country, where she also had extensive experience as a telemedicine doctor.

June 8, 2022

Mocingbird Interviewed About Life After Being Crowned 2021 Winner of The Get Started RI Shark Tank Style Pitch Competition

In 2021, Scott Duarte took home the Get Started Rhode Island victory for Mocingbird. Here's a quick recap of his podcast interview with John Loughlin.

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May 31, 2022

Long Weekends Aren’t Meant For Unexpected CME Deadlines

Memorial day weekend (#MDW) is an important time to reflect on all of those who have served and have given the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life.  Unfortunately, this weekend is also associated with many clinicians as a time to “catch up” on all those looming deadlines with some state licenses due for renewal.

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May 3, 2022

Dr. Ian Madom Sits Down With StartUp Health for Moonshot Moment Interview

Dr. Ian Madom, CEO and Co-Founder of Mocingbird had the chance to sit down with our partner StartUp Health for a Moonshot Moment interview while at VIVE 2022.

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