Pilot Training

This article in the NY Times just came out about the Ethiopian plane crash. Feel free to read it. Critical points of concern: Overdependence on automation  The most seasoned pilots are aging out of the profession — they are required to retire at age 65 in the United States — and many said their successors…

If Finland Can’t Get It Done …? by Pat Conrad MD

Often the rationale for universal, state-run health care is that of course it can be done because so many developed countries provide it.  Opponents counter this might be due to a number of those European nations having smaller, more homogenized populations.  We often regard those Scandinavian states as such, and so completely different from ours…

Prior Authorizations

All doctors hate prior authorizations. Why? Because we ALL know that it is only based on saving insurers money. As their profits go up and their stocks increase, we physicians sit on the f%cking phone only to fight with an idiot on the other end. Or, better yet, we get an electronic prior authorization to…

Friday Funny: ABIM Parody

Thanks, Mike, for tipping me off about this twitter group. Love it. Check them out here. May the Ides of March fall upon the ABIM and the rest of the ABMS. Get our awesome newsletter by signing up here. We don’t give your email out and we don’t spam you. Tweet

Can the AMA be More Clueless on Burnout?

I just love it when the same organizations who agreed to everything that has caused burnout now pretend they want to fix it. Did you know the AMA is now the “expert” in this crap? Me either. Here is their most recent article on it. Let me skip down to this point to explain something…

Robot That Delivered Bad News is Labeled Disruptive

You may have heard the news how a California man’s family was upset after his life-threatening diagnosis was delivered to him by a robot. What you haven’t heard is that the robot itself* has been placed in a “performance improvement program”. It has also has been labeled “disruptive” by the administration because it made them look…

Tetanus Treatment, Crazy People, and Social Media

I rarely get into the vaccine stuff here because I don’t need crazy people attacking me. I have enough of that as it is. I was just amazed at this Newsweek article: According to the report, in 2017 the child sustained an injury to his forehead while playing outside. Following the accident, the laceration was…

Just Don’t Default by Pat Conrad MD

Being a deadbeat is bad.  Before you complain about the rest of this piece, go back and read the introductory sentence.  Got it?  I have had to pay back student loans, and so have most of you.  They are expensive, and hurt to pay off.  And as far as I’m concerned, it gives me license…