Pat Conrad MD

Pat Conrad is a full-time rural ER doc on the Florida Gulf Coast. After serving as a carrier naval flight officer, he graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and the Tallahassee Family Medicine residency program. His commentary has appeared in Medical Economics and at AuthenticMedicine.com . Conrad’s work stresses individual freedom and autonomy as the crucial foundation for medical excellence, is wary of all collective solutions, and recognizes that the vast majority of poisonous snakebites are concurrent with alcohol consumption.

Just Us?

One of the biggest bugaboos in medicine for me continues to be the mindset and industry of “free” children, offspring born to parents who cannot afford them, forcibly supported by the taxpayers and of course, by the corrupt health care industry.  In this day of easy contraception, pregnancy largely remains a voluntary medical condition, one for…

Fertilizing Dreams

Readers, if you bother finishing this piece, you owe me one for having slogged through this article for you:  “We need more transgender and gender nonbinary doctors.” Yep, that’s exactly the thing we were missing in medical school.  This New York City (oh great) MD/PHD candidate told a friend’s story:  “Years of distress from gender dysphoria and constant bullying…

Toll Plied

(Author’s note:  while I am a rabid college football fan, I’m not a Bama fan.  I am Florida Gator, and we haven’t beaten Alabama since 2008, so I have my agenda.) “The University of Alabama on Monday reported more than 500 cases of COVID-19 since classes resumed last week.”  Earlier in the summer the university had announced plans to…

Affirmation Bias

2020 has been by any metric, lousy.  It has also been the worst year ever for physicians nagging, and bossing everyone they could reach, often without any objective foundation. While the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has certainly taken the gold in this Olympic year’s “Busybody” event, plenty of others have…

To Peace (Professionally)

While some physicians are genuinely interesting people with outside interests who know how to live, laugh, and tell a dirty joke, way too many remain nerdy, navel-gazing, self-important twerps.   So it’s no surprise when a medical publication becomes a guidebook for celebrating one’s inner sanctimony, and trying to pass it on to those who might otherwise…

Fauci In Style

I’ll just leave this right here, along with my apology for ever suspecting Fauci was a self-promoting media whore. (Editor’s Note: Pat you forgot the Bobblehead. I actually have one!) (Editor’s Note #2: Whoops. Then there is this:) Tweet

Moving the Heroes

Is the Age of the Specialist coming to an end?  Likely it ended some time ago, and we are just now coming to a fuller realization of the aftermath. Up in the very <ahem> special state of Michigan, the Beaumont health system fired their contracted anesthesiology group  in what this article deems a true slap in the…

Reservations Required

One of the striking phenomena of modern medicine is the impulse within a large portion of its practitioners to nanny and nag their neighbors, ignorantly and grossly misapplying the precepts of the Hippocratic Oath, which itself has been perverted in the popular imagination into some sort of Universal Promise to forcibly comfort all personkind in…

The Leech King

Please forgive the sketchy grammar and obvious profanity, but… This shit right here is exactly what I’ve been talking about!!  The venomously arrogant Dr Fauci testified to Congress last week and continue his Olympian run of political hackery and obsequious opportunism.  After being disastrously allowed to appoint himself Central Scrutinizer for All Human Activity, Fauci assumed responsibility for…

Not Enough For Everyone

The more government has inserted itself into health care, the more health care has become a spoils system.  This should be a statement of the bleeding obvious, but what grates is that so many simply accept the assumption that this should be the system because, well, this is the system. Reps for Medicaid providers are upset…