Industry of Mediocrity


If you have been a follower of this blog you would know that I have always used the teaching profession as a model for what is to come to the healthcare profession.  And it has been on the money almost every time.  Can you say No Child Left Behind?  Well, here is another great example as seen on the NBC news website.  It discusses the study put out by the National Council on Teacher Quality.  First, may I point out the use of the “quality” term in the name of the organization.   You will see how this is poetic justice but first the results of their study.  Basically, to sum up:

  • The teacher training system is badly broken, turning out rookie educators who have little hands-on experience running classrooms and are quickly overwhelmed by the job.  
  • The review found “an industry of mediocrity,” with the vast majority of programs earning fewer than three stars on a four-star rating scale – and many earning no stars at all.”
  • Freshly minted teachers “don’t know how to teach reading, don’t know how to master a classroom, don’t know how to use data,” said Kate Walsh, the council’s president. “The results were dismal.”

Of course these conclusions made them start looking for answers.   They first wanted to criticize the teaching institutions but why?  Colleges can only do so much.  Then they asked, “Where are all the mentors”?  Are you kidding me?   The answer, not mentioned in the article, is that they QUIT! You idiots.  With all your bogus P4P and teaching to the test demands, you made the experienced and best teachers leave!

Now let’s bring this to the healthcare system.  You are making doctors quit with unproven benchmarks and quality indicators, ridiculous mandates, disrespect, EMRs and loss of control.  You are trying to replace them with nurse practitioners who are less educated, less experienced and to mimic the quote above, “Don’t know how to master the exam room and don’t know how to use  data”.

This is happening right now.  I predict you will soon see a stupidly named organization like the National Council of Physician Quality doing a similar study in the future and finding the same results.  Medicine will be the next INDUSTRY OF MEDIOCRITY.  Actually, it is already.

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Industry of Mediocrity

  1. John Kelly
    June 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Yes, it’s the same Republican/Tea Party notion that the educated have no business being in a position of power and responsibility. Let’s make medicine the Charter School System of Health! They are all lazy and wealthy, right? And the Zen of Obama, the Middle Path, is to make compromises for these overeducated, irritating folk who don’t just accept what the anti-education, anti-science citizen warriors DEMAND. Yeah, that’s working just great. Get the media moguls to market their truths, and watch them all applaud, no matter reality. I’ll be paid by whether the diabetic gets under control, even though the only way for me to control that is to be duct-taped to their back, batting carbohydrates out of their hands all day and night. Yeah, that’ll work. Just like it works with alcoholics, right? I’ll be responsible.

    • Pat
      June 25, 2013 at 1:13 am

      John, could you clarify? Did you actually find the collectivist, effete Obama supporters irritating with their smarmy “doe as you’re told” plans, or do you think they did not go far enough?

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