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It's Time for the Independent Physician to Stop Fighting the System

It's Time for the Independent Physician to Stop Fighting the System

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The time has come for the independent physician to stop bucking the system. For better or for worse?

Contact Sport Controversy:  Are Our Brains Worth the Risk?

Contact Sport Controversy: Are Our Brains Worth the Risk?

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As a former ice hockey player myself, I know this game, too, needs to change in order to protect the brains of our current and future generations.

Fitting in Time for Exercise When Working a 70-Hour-Week Rotation

Fitting in Time for Exercise When Working a 70-Hour-Week Rotation

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These are a few simple things every physician can keep in mind when trying to improve their fitness goals.

Improving Physician Nutrition: Hospital Cafeteria Food or Brown Bagging It?

Improving Physician Nutrition: Hospital Cafeteria Food or Brown Bagging It?

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As physicians, we spend a lot of time talking with our patients about making healthy food choices, but some of us fail to listen to our own advice.

Revisited: You Know What You Don't Know

Revisited: You Know What You Don't Know

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Unknown knowns are ideas that we're aware of on some level but, for whatever reason, choose not to admit to ourselves.

Practice What You Preach: How Exercising Can Make You a Better Physician

Practice What You Preach: How Exercising Can Make You a Better Physician

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What if setting aside some time for exercise can actually make you a more effective and confident physician?

The Six Lessons My Patients Have Taught Me About Medicine

The Six Lessons My Patients Have Taught Me About Medicine

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At the end of the day, I can rest assured that despite my relative ignorance, my patients will teach me everything I need to know.

A Physician Recalls His First Lesson In Humility

A Physician Recalls His First Lesson In Humility

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Humility is a lesson we are taught over and over again.

What You Say to Your Patients Could Be Vital

What You Say to Your Patients Could Be Vital

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A primary care physician ponders the quality of advice given and forgotten.

The Track Through Residency: Is Running Away From Burnout an Option?

The Track Through Residency: Is Running Away From Burnout an Option?

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If medical training isn't a marathon, it's at least a hotly-contested 5K race.

The ENDS are Here: A Closer Look at the Vaping Phenomenon

The ENDS are Here: A Closer Look at the Vaping Phenomenon

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One thing is for sure: vaping is likely here to stay as this is a rapidly growing market.

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.

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