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Medicine's Mobile Future

March 11, 2013 9:16 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Is wireless medicine just a passing fad, or will healthcare professionals be able to find ways to leverage powerful hardware and software tools to better prevent or treat injury and illness? Time will tell. In the meantime, we should monitor its growth and hope it realizes its immense potential. 

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A Positive Attitude And Cancer Survival

March 8, 2013 9:12 am | by Dr. Bruce Campbell, M.D. | Comments

From my vantage point, the finding that there is no correlation between attitude and survival serves as a gift for our patients and for us. Allowing people to accept their condition and honestly question their fate, no matter how they handle the challenge, might be enormously helpful for some. They don’t need to fear honest discussions.

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Compensating For The Lack Of Progress In EHRs

March 4, 2013 1:10 pm | by Jessie Gruman, PhD | Comments

I know that tremendous effort and resources are directed toward solving the problem of organizing and coordinating patients’ health information, and I don’t doubt that within four or five years, this problem will fade.

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Emergency Medicine: What Is It Exactly Today?

March 4, 2013 11:22 am | by David Schlueter, M.D. | Comments

A new battle is underway.  This fight is not about credibility or legitimacy, but sustainability and identity.  It’s about the “E.”

Five Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Go Into Medical School

March 4, 2013 9:15 am | by Brian J. Secemsky, M.D. | Comments

Before you write that brutal retort which I may/may not deserve, some simple disclaimers before we tackle this subject: This is not a ruthless attempt to crush your dreams and passions. This is not an op-ed on our current healthcare system. This is targeted towards individuals who are considering medical school in order to practice clinical medicine. This is being written by a physician in postgraduate training.

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Why Failing Med Students Don’t Get Failing Grades

March 1, 2013 9:39 am | by Pauline Chen | Comments

“Grades don’t have a lot of meaning,” says Dr. Sara B. Fazio, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who leads the internal medicine clerkship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “‘Satisfactory’ is like the kiss of death.”

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Operating On Myself: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

February 27, 2013 9:50 am | by Bongi | Comments

As I have mentioned before, all surgeons think they are the best. Of course when we ourselves need surgery, there is a bit of a dilemma deciding who is the best qualified to carry out the procedure. So when I realized there was a strange looking skin lesion in my right inner thigh, I decided only the best would do to operate me.

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Law School Applications Down; Could It Happen To Med Schools?

February 26, 2013 9:39 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

Could something like this happen in medicine? It might not be exactly the same, but an interesting dilemma is looming.

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Technology Is Being Held Back From Transforming Healthcare

February 25, 2013 9:14 am | by Michael Cetta, M.D. | Comments

Information technology in healthcare is still stuck in the 1980s. As an emergency room physician, I can attest that the technology we do have does more to slow me down than help me deliver better, more efficient care.

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Doctor Groups Unite Against Unnecessary Tests And Procedures

February 22, 2013 9:29 am | by Richard Knox | Comments

Doctors do stuff — tests, procedures, drug regimens, and operations. It’s what they’re trained to do, what they’re paid to do and often what they fear not doing. So it’s pretty significant that a broad array of medical specialty groups is issuing an expanding list of don’ts for physicians.

Breaking News! Operations Take Longer When Residents Are Involved

February 20, 2013 9:16 am | by The Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

A study concludes, “Additional work must be undertaken to identify strategies to optimize operating room efficiency and to develop alternate strategies to prepare participants for the performance of the procedure.” And what would those “alternate strategies” be? You can pick up beads on a simulator all you want, but it’s not the same as doing an operation. And assuming open surgery is still being done somewhere, there is no simulator for open surgery.

The EMR Template: I Want To Believe

February 19, 2013 11:15 am | by Betsy Nicoletti | Comments

The X-Files fans will remember the poster that Agent Mulder had on his bulletin board with a picture of a flying saucer and the words, “I want to believe.”  That’s how I feel reading EMR notes sometimes.  I want to believe, but I doubt.

Five Ways To Adapt To An Evolving Healthcare Workforce

February 15, 2013 8:49 am | by Linda Brodsky, M.D. | Comments

Experimentation in one’s career path has become a natural process.  Learning new skills is a constant; adapting to new environments is mandatory. But is the healthcare workplace environment ready to adapt?  Probably not as well as it could or should. Here are five critical ways the modern healthcare workplace can adapt to this rapidly evolving healthcare workforce.

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Afraid To Speak Up To Medical Power

February 14, 2013 1:37 pm | by Pauline Chen, M.D. | Comments

Memories of a past conversation I had came flooding back last week when I read an essay on the problems posed by hierarchies within the medical profession.

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Why We Need EMR 3.0

February 13, 2013 10:24 am | by David Nash, M.D., MBA | Comments

EMRs are essentially electronic charts, but what we need going forward is a tool to promote accountability and measurement of quality and safety.

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