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Sexuality Please, We’re British! by Pat Conrad MD

This is really getting tiresome.  Every minor celebrity from chefs to actresses to has-been athletes has to go skipping to the microphones to announce their gender-identity-sexuality-cis-trans-WTF or whatever else will make their hearts and assorted giblets sing to the breathless virtual masses.  And.  I.  Don’t.  Care.  I really don’t.  In medical school, we all got…

Medical Schools and their New Training Emphasis

The AMA Rounds points out that: Modern Healthcare provided an update on the progress at the NYU School of Medicine at NYU Langone Health and other medical schools “that received $1 million grants in 2013 through the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium.” That effort “advocates teaching students about health system science, which emphasizes the…

4 in 10 Now Obese

Look around and you will find the following: In 2015 and 2016, just short of 4 in 10 American adults had a body mass index that put them in obese territory. In addition, just under 2 in 10 American children — those between 2 and 19 years of age — are now considered obese as…

ABMS Reevaluating MOC?

Are you ready for another smokescreen?  The head of the ABIM, Richard Baron MD, said: “We’re figuring out what is the best way to recognize and reward and acknowledge special expertise that doctors have, do it in a way that it results in a credible credential that adds value to their professional ability to do…

Making Medicine Authentic

I want to thank Hallie Smith over at Doximity for writing this article about me: The blog, aptly named Authentic Medicine, focuses on “hard-hitting discussion of topics that no one else really wants to call to stage” — topics like the role of hospital administrators, how bureaucratic drag leads to doctor burnout, and how much insurance interacts…

What’s Not to Love?? by Pat Conrad MD

Under the category of “shocker!” Medscape reports that doctors aren’t rushing the gates to become buprenorphine treatment providers.  The prevalence of opioid addiction is driving headlines, and doctors are being browbeaten to be the solution.  Okay fine, so stop writing Norco 10 mg #120 for the 39-year-old with shoulder pain. But as we all know,…

Dancing With The Scars by Pat Conrad MD

We all spent some time in OR’s during medical school and residency, and got good first-hand looks at the cramped quarters, tense, tedious, and occasionally scary atmosphere.  And every single one of us heard surgeons cuss, tell dirty jokes, saw them throw things, pitch fits, and generally act in ways they would never tell their…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Zipper Injuries

From “Consultant” journal comes ZIPPER-RELATED PENIS INJURIES: A MEDICAL CONCERN OF MODERN-DAY MEN:  Although the separable fastener, marketed as the zipper, has become a necessary component of modern life, its convenience comes at a price: its attack upon the penis. Nearly 2000 US males sustain a zipper-related penis injury (ZIRPI) annually, and many of these…