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#TowardsHealing: How Doctors Can Help the Country After the 2016 Election

“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” — Hippocrates Doctors help the body heal. The body does the work, we just provide the help. It is now time for us to help … 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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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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Presenting on a consult service: Rule number four

A while back, I posted three “rules” of presenting on a consult service. I’d now like to add a fourth rule. Rule Number 4: In patients with chronic disorders, consider more than simply a “disease flare” in your differential diagnosis. … Continue reading

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Introducing #medsm, a new unifying hashtag for the intersection of Medicine & Social Media

As you read this, you might be asking yourself why Twitter needs this new hashtag. The reason is simple: to permit anyone to follow a single unified stream of medical content. Currently, many people use #hcsm to disseminate medical tweets, … Continue reading

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How to Become a Famous Doctor: A 4-Step Primer

After years of languishing and trying to figure out how to become famous in medicine, I have finally realized the key! How did I finally reach my epiphany? Well, one particular doctor (who shall remain nameless) has become famous in my … Continue reading

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6 Things to Be Thankful For in Modern Medicine

Public sentiment about our healthcare system has certainly seen better days.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let’s take just a few minutes to reflect on what we can be thankful for in the current state of medicine: Informed consent: The concept … Continue reading

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“Thank you for your consult…”

Until recently, there was a financial difference between performing a “Consultation” and a “New Patient Visit” for office visits (Medicare stopped paying for Consultations at a higher rate than New Patient Visits in 2010).  I won’t get into the ins-and-outs … 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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