Doug Farrago

Quote of the Week

“It cannot be too often or too forcibly brought home to us that the hope of the profession is with the men who do its daily work in general practice.” Sir William Osler, physician Editor’s note: That quote is about 100 years old and is as true today as it was then. Tweet0

More Autopsies?

The American Medical News published a letter to the editor that was so weird that I have to repeat it here: Liability concerns are reflected in nation’s low autopsy rate Regarding: “Declining autopsy rates affect medicine and public health” (Article, Feb. 20): The fact that only 9% of all deaths in the U.S. were autopsied…

College Class Texting

This may blow you away so hold onto something.   A new study shows that college kids are frequently texting during class time, and that may interfere with their ability to pay attention and learn.  The study in Communication Education concluded: Students who did less texting during class also tended to be those who had more…

Students Get It

A recent survey designed to measure medical students’ perceptions of the work life of primary care physicians and of sub specialist physicians shows that they probably get it.  Overall, students’ responses to statements about primary care and subspecialist work life were……negative.  Sad but true.  They also thought: physicians spend too much time on administrative work…

The News For Obesity Gets Even Worse

The gold standard for classifying people as obese was using their BMIs or Body Mass Index.  Unfortunately, it seems that BMIs severely underestimate how fat we really are.   That’s bad.  When women in a recent study had a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan, which measures body fat, muscle mass and bone density, almost half of…

Quote of the Week

“Nothing will sustain you more potently than the power to recognize in your humdrum routine, as perhaps it may be thought, the true poetry of life – the poetry of the commonplace, of the plain, toil-worn woman, with their loves and their joys, their sorrows and their griefs.” William Osler, from The Student Life, in Aequanimitas Tweet0

Patient Engagement

Are you read for the newest term to hit healthcare reform?  It is called “patient engagement”.    Somehow this will defined in a muddy kind of way and used to grade a physician or practice to see if they are truly “engaging” patients.  In the American Medical News, they discussed the layers of patient engagement…