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Don’t Be This Guy by Pat Conrad MD

Thank you, Establishment Family Medicine, for once again making these posts so easy to write.  I realize readers expect, nay, demand witty jabs and original insight, but damn, you clowns do all the work for me.  This from the Anals (sic) of Family Medicine:  A SHARED AIM FOR STUDENT CHOICE OF FAMILY MEDICINE: AN UPDATE…

The AAFP Sends Their Lawyers After Me

Well, the American Academy of Family Physicians has finally had enough.  They are ready to fight. Who do they want to fight, you ask?  No, not Big Pharma.  No, not the insurers.  No, not big government.  The AAFP is ready to fight me for mocking them.  They spent good money on a lawyer to have me pull…

Quote of the Week: Teddy Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who…

More Family Docs Do Not Recertify

Medscape put out a bogus article about board recertification and tried to pass it off as a quality study.  The authors of the initial study in the Annals of Family Medicine are perplexed as to why not as many doctors are recertifying for their boards.  Here are the numbers: Among family physicians originally certified through…

Oh, So It’s My Fault? by Pat Conrad MD

The first week of 2018, and I’m already weary of the same old misinformed, deceitful “journalist” claims about the medical profession and health care in general. Writer Christian Barnard op-eds in the Washington Examiner that, “Thanks to doctors, there aren’t enough doctors.”  While shaking his fist at the future, Barnard presents not a single new fact…

Founder of Generic Drug Maker Murdered

Barry Sherman, 75, the founder and chairman of the generic drug maker Apotex, and his wife, 70, were found strangled last month. I saw the obituary in the Wall St. Journal.  It included this” He also feared retaliation from rivals. “The branded drug companies hate us,” he said in an interview excerpted in a 2001…

The ACP Now Wants in on Physician Burnout

I have mentioned before how the AMA and the AAFP have suddenly jumped in on the “physician burnout” bandwagon.  Well, the American College of Physicians just realized there is a money train here as well and don’t want to be left out: Led by the Physician Well-Being and Professional Satisfaction Task Force, the program will provide…