Cheers to Medical Students


A recent survey of roughly 4,000 medical students found that about 1,400, or 35 percent, abused alcohol, according to the Mayo Clinic, which conducted the study. That is compared to 16 percent of of peers not in medical school.  Looks to me that they are just getting prepared to deal with the bureaucratic drag heading their way, and there is no better way to ease the pain of listening to an administrator talk or working on electronic records late into the night than by doing it while hammered drunk. I am kidding.  Or am I?  Things were much different in 1989 as the rate of alcohol abuse was no different then their peers then.  What happened? I think we know.

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] 

  5 comments for “Cheers to Medical Students

  1. Doc Zorro
    March 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm


  2. mamadoc
    March 24, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Gosh, I had no idea it was that low.

  3. Pat
    March 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    If you already screwed up and went into primary care, bail full-time to the ER so you can at least afford the good stuff.

  4. Kurt
    March 23, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Stay out of primary care and the stress will be less. At least you get paid more.

  5. Perry
    March 23, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Yep, they’re just gearing up for when they get into practice.

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