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How to Make It as a Private Practice Physician

Being a physician these days is not easy, and it can feel even tougher to run one’s own private practice. One sobering survey found that 8% of practices had closed during the pandemic. But there are ways to make it work—and there’s good reason to try. Tara Scott, an OB/GYN turned hormone specialist who is…

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The Pandemic Has Forced a Mental Health Reckoning in Medicine

In April 2020, Lorna M. Breen, a top emergency physician in New York City, committed suicide. Breen had no history of mental illness, but prior to her death, according to The New York Times, she described to her father “an onslaught of patients who were dying before they could even be taken out of ambulances.”…

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The Stress of the Pandemic Drove These Doctors to Retirement

Stephen Rockower is an orthopedic surgeon in suburban Rockville, Maryland. He’d built his own practice for more than a decade with a partner, and things were busy and going well. Then, in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered many cities, including his own. Residents in his area began delaying care, not wanting to expose themselves…

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After-Shift Chill Playlist for the Busy Doctor

One of the most difficult challenges of a demanding profession, especially one that requires long hours of intense concentration, is being able to leave work behind after a shift. However, downtime is crucial to better managing stress and avoiding burnout. Creating a time of transition, when you get home and before diving into any of…

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Female Doctors Are Especially Vulnerable to Online Harassment

Social media can be a toxic jungle for many people, but new research shows that it’s especially bad for women physicians. They are twice as likely as male doctors to be sexually harassed on the internet and are often subject to other online abuse, including personal attacks, coordinated harassment and barrages of negative reviews. Doxing…

In Her Debut Book, Olivia Campbell Details How the First Women in White Coats Changed the World of Medicine

In the early 1800s, women’s access to meaningful healthcare was grim, with many dying from diseases curable re. Because, for the most part, they weren’t allowed to attend medical schools, female physicians were unheard of, and women often avoided male doctors. Some didn’t want to be examined by men, and others were afraid that a…

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