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…

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.…