Tag Archives: medicine

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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Presenting on a consult service: Rule number three

In my most recent post, I discussed the first 2 rules of presenting on a consult service.  In this post, we’ll take the next step.  Actually, this rule could go for any type of presentation, even in the clinic. Rule … Continue reading

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Presenting on a consult service: Rules number one and two

As an attending gastroenterology consultant, I have heard many a presentation from medical students, residents, and fellows that start something like this: This is a 64-year old woman with Afib, hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, osteoarthritis, cholelithiasis, and depression, whom … Continue reading

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It is Easy to Cure your Problems!!! The MadLib game…

Directions: Put cursor over the blank lines to see what the category you need to fill in.  See below for Suggested Responses.  Enjoy yourself! GREAT NEWS!! I have uncovered the solution for ________________ !! The only problem is that ________________ doesn’t … Continue reading

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A Physician’s View about Medical Necessity

“Doc, do I really NEED this medication?” In my practice, I seem to hear this question (or something like it) on a daily basis.  The question is not always about a medication, maybe it’s about a lab test or a … Continue reading

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Would You Like Some Cyanide in Your Herbal Therapy?

Like most allopathic physicians, I have no formal training in herbal medicine.  Nonetheless I tend to think that I have an open mind to non-Western therapies.  I do not discount their effects in various conditions, but they are not the … Continue reading

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But I Have Reflux…

When I first started this blog, I promised topics about gastroenterology and esophageal problems.  So let me talk about one today.  I consider this the most fundamental issue I see in my office on a regular basis: the difference between … Continue reading

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What Has Happened to Gastroenterology Training?

The state of gastroenterology training and education in the United States today can be summarized in one word: endoscopy. Gone are the days of the cognitive gastroenterologist, discussing the character, smell, texture, and color of a patient’s stool in an … Continue reading

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Why do Pharmacies Sell Tobacco? Let’s Join Together and Tell Them to Stop

Many years ago, I asked the manager at a local chain pharmacy why they sold cigarettes.  His response? “Umm…I don’t know.” I would venture to say that most managers don’t know the answer to that either.  Do you?  I certainly … Continue reading

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