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Three Questions Doctors Should Ask Themselves In 2014

December 26, 2013 9:28 am | by Natasha Deonarain, M.D., MBA | Comments

As we spin into the New Year, the question on many doctor’s mind is this: “What am I going to do next year? For 2014, as a fresh new start, I offer these as questions to be asked by each and every practicing physician in America...    

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Why Graduate Medical Education Is Failing

December 23, 2013 9:04 am | by J. Russell Strader, M.D. | Comments

When a doctor finishes medical school, he or she has been exposed to a lot of data, and has learned a few basic facts about how to be a physician. But the haven’t learned really how to work independently in a field of medicine. That takes the 3-10 extra years of training collectively known as GME to acquire that skill.  It is a skill that encompasses a lot of “non-data” abilities...

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OPINION -- The Affordable Care Act Perpetuates A Myth Of Health Insurance

December 23, 2013 9:02 am | by Luis Collar, M.D. | Comments

Unless we limit our reliance on insurance, costs will continue rising, physician reimbursement and therapeutic autonomy will continue declining, and patients’ understanding of, and control over, their own health will continue to wane...    

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The Friday Four: Doctors Save Hand By Attaching It To Man's Calf

December 20, 2013 9:09 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. Consider this my (early) Christmas present to you, dear reader. You're welcome.                        

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Eagerly Awaiting The Results Of A Patient Satisfaction Survey

December 19, 2013 9:43 am | by Miranda Fielding, M.D. | Comments

The institution that employs me is very bullish on customer satisfaction. Having come from a fourteen year stint in private practice before I came back into the university fold six years ago, the little things that make a practice run smoothly come naturally to me...

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How Should A Physician Apologize After A Medical Error?

December 18, 2013 9:07 am | by Michael Kirsch, M.D. | Comments

I had thought that apologizing was a straightforward act, but I now realize that it is a nuanced art form. We’ve all heard the “mistakes were made” version, usually issued by politicians who attempt to insert a layer of passive voice insulation between themselves and their screw-ups...

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Defensive Medicine Is More Of A Problem Than You Think

December 17, 2013 9:47 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

You may have missed this when it first appeared. Experts from Harvard and the University of Southern California say assumptions made by some analysts that defensive medicine is not an important facet of the high cost of healthcare may be wrong. Those assumptions were based on data showing that malpractice reforms instituted in some states did little to reduce healthcare spending...

It’s Time To Support Performance Measurement In Healthcare

December 16, 2013 9:47 am | by Richard Patterson, M.D. | Comments

A fundamental mantra of business students is, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it.”  As healthcare costs spiraled and apparent benefits did not keep pace, there was increasing pressure — and rightly so — to manage the resources being consumed, in a way that ensured quality improvement...

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The Friday Four: The ACS, President Obama, And Physician Pay

December 13, 2013 11:08 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. The Leader of the Free World and a superstar NFL quarterback are among the individuals who made the cut this week...

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Are Today’s New Surgeons Unprepared?

December 13, 2013 9:06 am | by Pauline Chen, M.D. | Comments

“When you take a whole year’s worth of in-hospital experiences out of training, you can’t be surprised that the ‘product’ is not the same,” said Dr. Frank R. Lewis, executive director of the American Board of Surgery...    

Personalized Medicine: The Future Is Now

December 12, 2013 9:57 am | by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, FDA | Comments

The difference between science and science fiction is a line that seems ever harder to distinguish, thanks in part to a host of astonishing advances in medical science that are helping to create a new age of promise and possibility for patients...

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Car Dealerships Have Something To Teach Hospitals

December 11, 2013 9:08 am | by Suneel Dhand, M.D. | Comments

While office-based doctors have made full use of the computers at their desks for a very long time, the same cannot to be said for how hospital doctors work with them. As well as pulling up records and placing orders, we should also be able to use our smart devices as an aid for educating our patients...

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What Leaders Can Learn From The Failure Of Healthcare.gov

December 10, 2013 9:51 am | by Amy Emondson | Comments

Reflecting together on what happened, what was learned, and what could be tried next is a crucial step. Do this fast and do it openly, sharing insights widely, so as to ensure that others in the organization don’t recreate the same failures. The purpose of reflecting is ultimately to come up with the next experiment, which means being willing to confront the next failure, and the next honest reflection session...

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It’s A Fearful Time For Medical Students

December 9, 2013 9:10 am | by Nathaniel Nolan | Comments

By some estimates, the United States will be short more than 60,000 physicians in the next two years. This is also devastating to students. Without a residency position, you cannot practice medicine and therefore cannot earn a living. That is scary news to the average medical student who graduates with more than $160,000 in debt...

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The Friday Four: Lab Tech Sentenced For Injecting Patients With Hepatitis C

December 6, 2013 10:33 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. Fueled by copious amounts of coffee, unwanted Thanksgiving leftovers, and Christmas-themed chocolates, I narrowed down a long list of worthy candidates to the following…     

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