In the latest AAFP Family Practice Management comes an attempt by Aaron Garmin, MD to modernize a 1948 article called the “The Seven Sins of Medicine”. Obviously, the original was a play on the seven deadly sins and this one is a play on that one. Anyway, I can just see this doc racking his brain to figure how these sins might apply in today’s environment but do it in a nice way so it gets published. Hooray, he did so now let’s trash it.
Garmin had a shot to really make some great points about “industrialized medicine” but he missed the mark completely. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that some of his stuff doesn’t have a point but remember the title, SEVEN SINS OF MEDICINE as he relates it to TODAY’S ENVIRONMENT.
Here was his:
- Not communicating with leadership.
- Not putting patients at the center of care.
- Not building relationships with our team.
- Not practicing evidence-based medicine.
- Not investing in care coordination.
- Not using common sense.
- Not letting others help us.
Talk about your politically correct, ass kissing, drippy, and wimpy list. Dude, grow a backbone! With all that is wrong with modern medicine, these were your issues?
Let me help him name some sins and there are plenty more than seven:
- Not taking over the business of medicine and letting others do it for u.
- Approving the Affordable Care Act!
- Approving PCMH, ACO, and other initiatives.
- Buying into meaningful use.
- Not looking away from the EMR while with a patient.
- Treating patients as numbers and not people.
- Working for hospitals and getting treated like pawns by administrators
- Approving of Medicare!
- Following unproven quality metrics.
- Not fighting back against insurance companies
Please, feel free to add more and spread this around so somehow good, old Dr. Garmin gets a clue and stop being a wuss.