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Were You Recognized?

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Sometimes I think we, as physicians, are the prototypical April Fools.   We work hard, treat patients, and yet get more and more disrespected each day by the “businessmen” who run the hospitals.  In that light, please answer the above poll.

I will spread the results around so please get other docs to click a response as well.  Make this viral to show the world how poorly we are treated.

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Let’s Not Jump To Conclusions….But…

This story about the homeless woman removed from the hospital (in cuffs) who was then jailed and died is absolutely terrible.   It happened in September so there really shouldn’t be any new facts discovered (i.e. the “hoodie” case).    How three hospitals could miss a DVT is weird.     I do not like…

Happy Doctor’s Day

I hope you get a chance to celebrate the fact that what you do matters.    On March 30th, 1933 Eudora Brown Almond, wife of a Dr. Cha Almond, commemorated the anniversary of the first use of anesthesia back in 1842. From 1933 to 1958, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Southern Medical Association kept the tradition…

EMRs May or May Not Save Money

Two recent studies came out that seem to be contradicting each other.  One shows that doctors order less tests because the EMR (electronic medical record) allows them to see what has been ordered in the past.  The other shows that  the EMR, for some reason, led to more testing.  Ah, the beauty of research.  Different…

More Mandates

Here is how to handle the crap being sent our way….M.A.S.H. style: Lt. Col. Henry Blake: Man. More stuff’s coming in from headquarters. New orders, regulations. Read that first one, Radar. Radar: Uh, yes sir. Uh, the winners of the model yacht race at the cesspool are… Lt. Col. Henry Blake: Not that, Radar! Capt.…

Obamacare and Effectiveness

I found this article on MSN, a notorious left-leaning organization.   I use a lot of references from both sides when I write this blog including Huffington Post, WSJ, AMNews, USA Today, etc.  I lean fiscally conservative but socially liberal.  That’s just how I roll.  I am NOT a Republican nor a Democrat.  Actually, both…

Diabetes Cured By Surgery

A couple of new studies show that undergoing gastric bypass or banding will cure people of their diabetes.  Even more surprising to the authors was that this happened so quickly and sometimes even before they lost weight.  Why this is surprising to them is even more surprising to me.   Diabetes (Type II) is about…

R.I.P. Bert Sugar

I am on the board of what is called Ring 10 which is a group that helps retired boxers.  Actually, it helps retired boxers help themselves.  My brother started this particular “Ring” and all the money they collect (I mean ALL) goes to fighters that have medical problems and are not well off.    My…

Is LDL Bad?

The gold standard of hammering down the cholesterol may be in question…..again.   A new study may show that there could be a correlation between a low LDL and cancer.   Others study have shown this but there was some confusion about whether it was related to the medicine people were taking.  In this study,…

Dumb It Down

Here is an editorial about a JAMA article which makes the claim that one way to cut healthcare costs would be to….wait for it…..ready?…..here it comes: CUT MEDICAL TRAINING! Wow.  These people are brilliant.  We are already cutting resident work hours.  Now they figure they can just move them through medical school quicker.  How about skipping…