Doug Farrago

It’s Time To Fire Your Doctor?

I was just blown away when I read this article the Wall Street Journal. It is such a perfect example of the disrespect we physicians are getting. The title is It’s Time to Fire Your Doctor by Andy Kessler. Here is Andy’s bio: Andy Kessler is the author of Inside View, a column he writes…

ARB Recall by Steven Mussey, M.D.

This recall of the ARB’s (Angiotensin Receptor Blockers) is wreaking havoc on doctors and pharmacists. It started with Valsartan.  So, we switched people to Losartan.  Then Losartan was recalled.  We tried Olmesartan but the insurance companies rejected the switch due to costs.  We then tried Irbesartan, which worked… until the recall hit Irbesartan.  Now, all…

Parental Leave for Residents

I run the risk of pissing a lot of people off here but this study just gives me pause. Here is what it found: Leave policies for residents who become new parents are uneven, oft-ignored by training boards, and provide less time off than similar policies for faculty physicians.  Though all 12 schools provided paid…

This Sceptred Aisle by Pat Conrad MD

It’s sort of shooting low hanging fruit in a barrel, but is there ever a wrong time to make fun of production-line health care? The land that brought us Monty Python and is now banning scary-looking knives is also an epoch leader in the “health care is a right” thought disorder, and as ever is…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Physical Activity in Sick People

Okay, so you are not going to believe this, but: Participants with chronic disease undertook 9% or 61 minutes (95% confidence interval: 57.8–64.8) less moderate activity and 11% or 3 minutes (95% confidence interval: 2.7–3.3) less vigorous activity per week than individuals without chronic disease.  To be clear, it is not saying that those who exercise less…

The AMA STEPS Forward, Whatever the F That Means

I found this from the AMA: Committed to making physician burnout a thing of the past, the AMA has studied, and is addressing, issues causing and fueling physician burnout—including time constraints, technology and regulations—to better understand the challenges physicians face.  The AMA’s STEPS Forward™ is an open-access platform featuring more than 50 modules that offer actionable, expert-driven strategies and insights supported…