Author Archives: Ryan Madanick, MD

About Ryan Madanick, MD

I am a gastroenterologist who specializes in diseases of the esophagus, with a strong interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who have difficult-to-manage esophageal problems such as refractory GERD. I can be followed on Twitter: @RyanMadanickMD (he/him)

Pick the @MedEdChat Logo!

I’d like to thank @thuc for graciously designing some possible logos for our humble account, which until now has just used the famous “Twitter egg”.  Please choose one of the selections.  Results will be announced at the September 29, 2011 … Continue reading

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The Internal Medicine Interest Group: a quick story

I just took part in the UNC School of Medicine’s Internal Medicine Interest Group session.   These type of panels were recently discussed in a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective, as well as that week’s #meded Twitter chat (you can read … Continue reading

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Lessons from My First Six Months at the Crossroads of Healthcare and Social Media

In the very early part of January I made the decision to start blogging.  Little did I know what was in store for me when I did.  Even though I’ve had my own “personal” Facebook account since 2008, it was … Continue reading

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“This is a very pleasant patient…”

As an attending and the program director in a university practice, I have the opportunity to read a lot of notes that other people have written. Many of these notes are written by residents and fellows, often from my own … Continue reading

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The Endoscopy: An Original Poem

It just doesn’t look right in the blog format, so click here if you’d like to read my poem. Below is the brief backstory…if you’re interested in what happened.  Please read the poem first.

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Doc, can I use this natural supplement?

A little while back, I saw a patient in my reflux practice who had recently stopped her PPI and substituted licorice root to help keep her acid reflux symptoms under control. She told me that her symptoms were still under … Continue reading

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A Patient Can Never Be Difficult

“There are no difficult patients; only patients with difficult problems.” I learned this mantra from a colleague and have used it to help shape my practice for quite some time now. A few recent comments online about “difficult patients” have … Continue reading

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Making choices in Social Media

This past week was a pretty exciting, relatively controversial week for people interested in Health Care in Social Media.  If you don’t know what happened, you can listen to Dr. Mike Sevilla’s podcast about it here. Although it is certainly … Continue reading

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Announcing the new #meded chat

In the last few weeks, several #meded tweeps have been bouncing the idea around about starting a Twitter chat dedicated to discussing issues related to medical education.  One night, Vinny Arora (@FutureDocs) made the proclamation that she thought we had now reached … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Professionalism on Twitter: Room to Educate

A well-established medical blogger Dr. Bryan Vartabedian (aka @Doctor_V, a fellow gastroenterologist whom I recently had the pleasure of meeting at DDW 2011 #DDW11) seemed to ignite a firestorm this week amongst #hcsm tweeps with his post about a specific … Continue reading

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