How I Work Smarter (HIWS) Series

Launched in 2014 by Dr. Ben Azan and now led by series editor Dr. Andy Little, the HIWS series features successful healthcare leaders who share their efficiency tips and life advice. These leaders then tag other leaders to submit their responses in this series. This series is modeled after Lifehacker’s “How I Work” series. A thematic analysis of the responses were published in 2019 [1].


  1. Azan B, Innes ME, Thoma B, et al. How I Work Smarter: A Qualitative Analysis of Emergency Physicians’ Strategies for Clinical and Non-clinical Productivity. Cureus. April 2019. doi:10.7759/cureus.4499

Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Michelle Lin, MD


Professor of Emerg Med at UCSF-Zuckerberg SF General. ALiEM Founder @aliemteam #PostitPearls at Bio:
Michelle Lin, MD