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Conquistadors of the Operating Room: A Reflection on Medical Mission Trips

Conquistadors of the Operating Room: A Reflection on Medical Mission Trips

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The report made me think about things that I could have done to make my visit a win not just for me, but also for the people I was ostensibly trying to help.

Doctors, Horse Traders, and Used Car Salesmen

Doctors, Horse Traders, and Used Car Salesmen

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The profession of medicine — and the delivery of health care in this country — should be free of the same kind of chicanery used to move goods on the open market.

A Closer Look at the Short Life of Bidding Wars for Plastic Surgeries

A Closer Look at the Short Life of Bidding Wars for Plastic Surgeries

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The process was a little bit like Uber or Taskrabbit, but for plastic surgery.

You Don't Know What You Don't Know

You Don't Know What You Don't Know

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I'm talking about the (in)famous press conference in which he declared that there are known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns.

Addressing the Fine Line Between Identification and Intimacy

Addressing the Fine Line Between Identification and Intimacy

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Can we truly build intimacy with our patients if we don't identify with them?

Surviving a Veterans Affairs Hospital Rotation on Bear Claws: A Doctor Recalls the Struggle

Surviving a Veterans Affairs Hospital Rotation on Bear Claws: A Doctor Recalls the Struggle

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The memories of arduous training at a VA hospital come flooding back.

Have You Ever Heard of a Smartphone?

Have You Ever Heard of a Smartphone?

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Having spent a minute or two in the trenches, I can tell you that what we're all criminally under-appreciating is the smartphone.

Guitars, Bars, and Just a Li'l Good Doctorin'

Guitars, Bars, and Just a Li'l Good Doctorin'

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Most patients want unhurried, nonjudgmental listening — served up with a generous helping of clinical competence and a healthy dollop of empathy.

I Am Not Primary Care: A Surgical Intern's Take

I Am Not Primary Care: A Surgical Intern's Take

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It's higher numbers of primary care doctors in a community — not surgeons — that correlates with milder morbidity and lower rates of overall mortality.

The Hedgehog or the Fox: Which Doctor Are You?

The Hedgehog or the Fox: Which Doctor Are You?

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And what kind of doctor do your patients want you to be?

How Technology Can Actually Help Your Patients

How Technology Can Actually Help Your Patients

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In the past, many providers would have referred the child to an ER or possibly a local walk-in clinic. Instead, here's where modern technology enters.

The Lost Meaning of a Pager's Alarm

The Lost Meaning of a Pager's Alarm

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A doctor experiences the misuse of a hospital pager.

Good Medicine Has Become the Exception

Good Medicine Has Become the Exception

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Why are physicians practicing antiquated medicine without a modicum of evidence or common sense?

Becoming Parents - Part 1: The Decision

Becoming Parents - Part 1: The Decision

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The thought of caring for a crying infant wasn't appealing. In fact, it was frightening. We did want to have kids — at some point.

Don't Listen to the Burnout "Experts" — Listen to Your Heart

Don't Listen to the Burnout "Experts" — Listen to Your Heart

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"I know they never taught happiness in medical school, but you deserve happiness just as much as anyone else."

The Association Between Physical Health and the Environment

The Association Between Physical Health and the Environment

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It is certainly clear that alcohol, tobacco products, and fast food don't just harm our physical health.

Sometimes, We're More Than Just a Doctor for Our Patients

Sometimes, We're More Than Just a Doctor for Our Patients

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A primary care physician reflects on the different roles he plays in his patients' lives.

The Evolution of a Physician's Intent

The Evolution of a Physician's Intent

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What stands in the way of the doctor-patient relationship?

Why Are We So Afraid of GMOs?

Why Are We So Afraid of GMOs?

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Farmers have been intentionally changing the genetic makeup of plants for more than 10,000 years.

The Strangest of Wake-Up Calls: A Doctor's Take on Rural Health

The Strangest of Wake-Up Calls: A Doctor's Take on Rural Health

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Presenting to the ER with another MI had become so routine for them that it was almost like just "another day at the office."

Simple Ways to Improve the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Simple Ways to Improve the Doctor-Patient Relationship

One of the most overlooked functions of communication is establishing the patient relationship.

Working With Multiple Attending Physicians in the Emergency Department

Working With Multiple Attending Physicians in the Emergency Department

Working with a large number of attending physicians can be one of the biggest difficulties of being an advanced practice provider.

Why I Do Not Provide Preoperative "Clearance" - And Neither Should You

Why I Do Not Provide Preoperative "Clearance" - And Neither Should You

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The term clearance implies that a patient can proceed with surgery and will have no risk for complications — which is a fictional state.

How Sustainable is Your Primary Care Practice, Really?

How Sustainable is Your Primary Care Practice, Really?

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Can primary-care physicians keep up with our current economic and regulatory reality?

Technology in Medicine: Friend or Foe?

Technology in Medicine: Friend or Foe?

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Today's voice-recognition capability, especially for medical providers, is phenomenal.

Are Physicians the New Secretary?

Are Physicians the New Secretary?

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Physicians struggle with the non-medical work we are often tasked with.

Drinking and Driving: When Will We Learn?

Drinking and Driving: When Will We Learn?

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I am starting to think that our seeming acceptance of drunk driving must be because such a large percentage of the population is guilty of this behavior.

Writing Informal Prescriptions May Pose Major Risks

Writing Informal Prescriptions May Pose Major Risks

When clinicians write informal prescriptions, their supervising physicians may also suffer the consequences.

Sometimes Medical Care Requires More Than Just a Minute

Sometimes Medical Care Requires More Than Just a Minute

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A primary care physician sees the peril of pharmacy-owned clinics.

Parenting and the Feelings of Helplessness

Parenting and the Feelings of Helplessness

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Sometimes we identify too much with our patients and our advice becomes too personal.

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