ZDoggMD Takes on the AMA

My friend, Zubin, did a great job with this: “AMA: Maybe we could teach medical students to adapt to this piece of shit that they call an EHR that is really a glorified cash register with a little patient stuff packed on?”

I have said the same thing. You can go to the 15 min mark of my talk if you like but if you really want to hear about our journey as doctors then watch the whole thing.

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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] 

  4 comments for “ZDoggMD Takes on the AMA

  1. Gerard Mazza
    December 18, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Unfortunately even once you find the physician impression, or more likely the NP’s impression, it is usually not helpful. I send the patient to the gastroenterologist with a complaint of abdominal pain, they see the NP and then have a diagnosis of abdominal pain, often with no reasoning or any idea of their thought processes. This is but another reason why I am retiring.

  2. arthur gindn
    December 18, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    I used to read THE PLACEBO J. It was actually founded by Stewart Wolf who was chairman of Medicine at the U of Oklahoma Medical School when I was an intern there in 1959-60. Dr Wolf’s most famous remark (to me) was, “Who could possible give a Board exam” He was one of the few Chairman who never took his “Boards.”

    • Douglas Farrago MD
      December 18, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      You didn’t read the Placebo Journal then.

  3. Celia
    December 17, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    The admit note, the SOAP note, the focused ER note— Rest In Peace old friends. Now I sift through 10 pages of autogenerated drivel to locate the physician impression.

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