Category Archives: patient care

Live tweeting from a meeting: A brief tutorial to help structure tweets

After 5 years of live-tweeting several academic meetings, I am pleased to see its exponential growth. Yet physicians who are new to this practice frequently struggle to get started, especially without any live peer guidance. With that in mind, here is a simple proposal … Continue reading

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Let’s stop using adjectives to identify patients

We have all heard it, we have probably all said it: “My diabetics never follow my instructions” “That schizophrenic is back in the hospital again” “How should I screen cirrhotics?” “Did you hear about my CHF-er?” It might be easy to … Continue reading

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Are we really training learners to manage diseases?

If you pay close attention to medical education and training, you have surely read something like this as an goal or learning objective: “Manage inflammatory bowel disease and its complications” However, this is not exactly what our goals should be. One push in the … Continue reading

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CVS to stop selling tobacco products: some grass-roots contribution from the blogosphere?

In 2011 I posted this petition to try to get CVS and Rite Aid to stop stop selling tobacco (see my 2011 blog post). Although the petition closed in 2013 with just under 2800 signatures, today is finally the day I’ve … Continue reading

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Can you have your colonoscopy and endoscopy on the same day?

I’ve heard it dozens of times: My gastroenterologist says s/he can’t do my endoscopy and colonoscopy on the same day. Sometimes it’s because it was considered too “dangerous”. Occasionally it’s because “that’s not the way we do it”. Sorry, that doesn’t … Continue reading

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In The Absence of Evidence…

In this week’s JAMA, Scott Braithwaite, MD, MS wrote a Piece of My Mind editorial, “EBM’s Six Dangerous Words,” which made me think back to a former blog post of mine from 2011, “Doc, can I use this natural supplement?” What … Continue reading

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A Rapid Rescue for a New Mnemonic in BLS

In reviewing for my upcoming ACLS recertification through the American Heart Association‘s HeartCode ACLS program, I learned that the classic mnemonic for the Basic Life Support (BLS) primary survey, the “ABCs”, which stood for Airway, Breathing (including Look, Listen, and … Continue reading

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