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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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“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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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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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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What do your patients fear?

As an academic gastroenterologist at a tertiary care university medical center, I often see patients who have failed traditional therapies that many of my colleagues in the community have tried.  Over the past several years my practice has evolved, from dealing with … Continue reading

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