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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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Your Job Interview Begins Now

A few days ago I was sitting in the endoscopy unit working on some notes, when one of my fellows walked into the physician’s room to speak to one of her patients over the phone.  The patient evidently had a … 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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