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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.

Hold the Statins and Antihypertensives: Give Me a Compassion Pill — for Doctors!

Hold the Statins and Antihypertensives: Give Me a Compassion Pill — for Doctors!

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The indication? Doctor attitudes and a tendency to complain. One tablet PO TID and QHS. #120, with unlimited refills.

Incorporating Mid-Level Providers to Your Practice?

Incorporating Mid-Level Providers to Your Practice?

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I feel confident that PAs and NPs will continue to play a growing role in the future of primary care.

Does A Fitbit Actually Make You Fit?

Does A Fitbit Actually Make You Fit?

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If you really want to give your fitness and weight loss efforts a boost, track calories — and get enough exercise.

Meaningful Health Care Reform? Don't Hold Your Breath!

Meaningful Health Care Reform? Don't Hold Your Breath!

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Only way we can build a better health care system is to depoliticize it and put it back into the hands of doctors and patients.

Providing Healthcare for Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Providing Healthcare for Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Health-care providers often overlook the unique health needs of lesbian and bisexual women.

Residents Can Be Great Assets in Patient Care

Residents Can Be Great Assets in Patient Care

Despite the myths surrounding residency, many physicians-in-training are helpful and willing to learn new techniques.

Better Patient Outcomes with Improved Interviewing Skills

Better Patient Outcomes with Improved Interviewing Skills

Consider altering your interviewing style to improve relationships with your patients.

How Same-Sex Marriage is a Mental Health Issue

How Same-Sex Marriage is a Mental Health Issue

Same-sex marriage has positive mental health benefits for gays and lesbians.

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