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Hi, I’m your Doctor and I Curse

“So…you have to take down the cuss word on your home page.” This came from a business consultant I spoke to recently. She wanted to review my business, website, offerings, etc in order to assess my strengths and weaknesses with the work I’m doing in life coaching and coaching in healthcare. Ultimately, she wants to…

Friday Funny: Side Effects

Sorry, this was sent to me. Don’t know the source but it was too funny not to show. (update by a reader: This cartoon was drawn by George Danby and appeared in the Bangor (Maine) Daily News. Danby is assistant editorial page director for the paper.) Tweet

Burned Out of Burnout

Physician burnout is the buzz phrase heard daily on social media, physician blogs, and it’s even in medical journals and CME line ups. This recent article references a study on the topic. The phrase is actually code for the stress, anxiety, and depression that inflict physicians and physician students at all career stages. Those are…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Smiling Makes Me Drink

I thought this was a scam but I guess not.  A study in the  Journal of Occupational Health Psychology found that: Employees who force themselves to smile or evoke or positive emotions in front of customers are more likely to drink heavily after they clock out. The study found employees who interacted with the public drank…

Not a Real Hula Dancer

The Aloha State is having some growing pains with its Payment Transformation system, a capitated model run by “Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state’s largest health care insurer.”  It works like this:  HMSA pays a family doc about $24 per patient, per month.  All the doc has to do is keep costs in line, and figure out…

Primary Care Shortage: Whose problem to solve anyway?

I’ll preface this opinion by saying that I was a Registered Nurse (RN) for 15 years followed by 8 years of being a Nurse Practitioner (NP). I love bedside RNs and thoroughly enjoyed my time as an NP on Physician led teams on inpatient units. In reference to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) position…

Call Me Dr. Golden Goose

According to a 2019 Managed Healthcare Executive survey, consumer experience slotted in the number one priority spot, collectively followed by: improved data analytics, market growth, talent acquisition, new service innovation, health plan innovation, and operational efficiency. Where the hell is Physician Wellness???? Physician wellness in 2019 MUST be a top priority, hands down, no questions…