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.

Quick, Someone Call the AAP!

Anyone with half a brain knows very well that sodas contain a lot of sugar.  And consuming a lot of sugar can cause all sorts of tooth rot and will make you fat, the latter leading to bad joints, diabetes, heart disease, and only a very tiny, miniscule shot as ending up in the latest…

Express Scripts Was Just About To Offer You One

In all honesty, I haven’t kept up with the recent Pharmacy Benefit Manager furor, beyond assuming that they are totally corrupt as is anyone dealing with them.  PBM’s like Express Scripts have earned notoriety by having preferred pharmaceutical makers sell them more expensive preferred drugs, which are then put on formularies.  The drug makers then…

The AAFP Puts the Spin on Doctor’s Day

Over the weekend, our buddies at the American Academy of Family Practice got the jump on April 1 with a great tongue-in-cheek mass email for National Doctor’s Day. My thoughts in parenthesis. Around here, we celebrate doctors Since answering your calling to be a family doctor, you have guided, taught, held hands, brought joy, comforted,…

15 Minutes Into Our Future?

San Francisco continues to originate things I had never bothered to imagine:  “Medical residents, interns walk off the job at UCSF Medical Center over failed contract talks.” “Resident physicians, interns and clinical fellows walked off their shifts for 15 minutes Tuesday at noon to draw attention to failed contract negotiations between their union and the…