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.
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.
The process was a little bit like Uber or Taskrabbit, but for plastic surgery.
I'm talking about the (in)famous press conference in which he declared that there are known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns.
Can we truly build intimacy with our patients if we don't identify with them?
The memories of arduous training at a VA hospital come flooding back.
Having spent a minute or two in the trenches, I can tell you that what we're all criminally under-appreciating is the smartphone.
Most patients want unhurried, nonjudgmental listening — served up with a generous helping of clinical competence and a healthy dollop of empathy.
It's higher numbers of primary care doctors in a community — not surgeons — that correlates with milder morbidity and lower rates of overall mortality.
And what kind of doctor do your patients want you to be?
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.
A doctor experiences the misuse of a hospital pager.
Why are physicians practicing antiquated medicine without a modicum of evidence or common sense?
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.
"I know they never taught happiness in medical school, but you deserve happiness just as much as anyone else."
It is certainly clear that alcohol, tobacco products, and fast food don't just harm our physical health.
A primary care physician reflects on the different roles he plays in his patients' lives.
What stands in the way of the doctor-patient relationship?
Farmers have been intentionally changing the genetic makeup of plants for more than 10,000 years.
Presenting to the ER with another MI had become so routine for them that it was almost like just "another day at the office."
One of the most overlooked functions of communication is establishing the patient relationship.
Working with a large number of attending physicians can be one of the biggest difficulties of being an advanced practice provider.
The term clearance implies that a patient can proceed with surgery and will have no risk for complications — which is a fictional state.
Can primary-care physicians keep up with our current economic and regulatory reality?
Today's voice-recognition capability, especially for medical providers, is phenomenal.
Physicians struggle with the non-medical work we are often tasked with.
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.
When clinicians write informal prescriptions, their supervising physicians may also suffer the consequences.
A primary care physician sees the peril of pharmacy-owned clinics.
Sometimes we identify too much with our patients and our advice becomes too personal.