Pamela Wible, M.D., takes on physician suicide in her TEDMED talk (delivered on November 18, 2015). Learn more about Dr. Wible and her talk at TEDMED.com. Full transcription below: I love the three things that people fear the most: death, disease, and public speaking. Here’s how it all started. At four, I was so talkative (and bossy) no babysitter would stay with me. So I tagged along with Mom, ...

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It is open season on erectile dysfunction. First, a politician in South Carolina introduced a bill to make it hard to get Viagra and then a politician in Kentucky. If the bills pass, they will hold patients with erectile dysfunction hostage to unrelated agendas. You might think that erections would be as politically untouchable as guns. After all, erections are nearly as popular as they are ...

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In the hour after I heard the news, I experienced the full spectrum of typical reactions to a physician suicide. One end of the spectrum came from the attending in a clinic, who when asked if the residents could go home and mourn their friend who just committed suicide, proceeded to tell me a story of how when her grandpa died before a final exam in medical school. She decided to ...

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There are several Tumblr sites where people submit their actual name and compare it to the name the Starbucks employee writes on the cup.  There’s “Starbucks Name Fail,” “The Starbucks Name Game,” “Starbucks Can’t Spell My Name,” and “That’s Not My Name, Starbucks.” There aren’t Tumblr sites for calling out Starbucks when they biff your drink.  “Starbucks F***** Up My Drink,” “Would You Just Look at This Beverage,” and “There’s No ...

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An excerpt from What It's Like to Become a Doctor: The Year-by-Year Journey From Medical Student to Practicing Physician, Greenbranch Publishing, 2016. My third year of fellowship: June 2010 -- July 2011 In July 2010, I began my third and final year of fellowship. This year was focused ...

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When I was growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s, virtually every primary care doctor (pediatrician, internist, GP-there were no FPs) I knew of had his office (women in practice were rare) located in a wing of his home, with the driveway enlarged to accommodate patients.  A new physician in practice would simply hang his name on a shingle in front of the house.  These doctors were paid in cash, ...

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An excerpt from Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction. It was a frigid winter day in February 2005, when two officers -- one from the state police, one from the Drug Enforcement Agency -- arrived at my office and sat waiting amid the spellbinding view of the neighboring arboretum and ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. More than ever before, patients are receiving laboratory test results, with some of their numbers in bold or with “H”s or “L”s next to them. In some cases they’re getting them straight from the lab, in accordance with federal regulations. If not from ...

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The other day while having my lunch in the doctor's lounge, I ran into one of the older physicians who works at the hospital. He had a weary look on his face, and so I inquired if he had a tough call night. “Actually, I haven't slept well in a few months,” he quietly responded. It turns out he was being sued by a family who had only seen him once ...

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Patricia Bach, a geriatric psychology colleague who is active in social media, recently emailed me a question: How to encourage more clinicians in geriatrics and long-term care to use social media? In particular, she asked me “What do you feel is the ROI for geriatricians to use social media/networking in their professional roles?” This is an interesting question to consider. After all, we have a limited number of geriatricians available for a growing older ...

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