A video excerpt from The Vanishing Oath, a film directed by Ryan Flesher, MD. With medical students graduating, on average, with almost $160,000 of debt, it's a major reason why they're choosing more lucrative specialty practice, which can offer salaries multiple times more than those of primary care fields. In this clip from The Vanishing Oath, medical economist Amitabh Chandra, Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of ...

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A friend recently asked me in great frustration after her visit to her doctor why doctors “always run late.” Why do doctors make their patients “dance around” the office, getting moved around to different spots in the clinic, but still having to wait and wait at each location? Instead of explaining what really goes on at the doctor’s office, I ended up emailing her a couple of links to some of ...

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by Chrysalis I read a post that disturbed me the other day. It was discussing the value of primary care physicians (PCPs). I was stunned by some of the comments. Surprised that people’s perceptions of what a PCP does would be viewed in such a poor light. Well, I do value the primary care physician and I’ll tell you why. I am just simply going to state some of ...

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by David Chong, MD As the world watched the greatest athletes gather to compete in Vancouver, I was on a plane to Haiti. Just getting on the plane was quite a feat. After I received an urgent e-mail for volunteer doctors from the University of Miami’s Project Medishare field hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during an overnight shift at New York's Presbyterian hospital, I began to send frantic requests for coverage for ...

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Did you know that if there is a fire in the OR during surgery hospitals in some states don’t have to report the event to anyone? When I read a recent story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer headlined, “Reporting Surgical Fires Could Improve Patient Safety in Ohio, Experts Say," I was stunned. The piece begins:

When fire breaks out and burns a patient during surgery in Pennsylvania, the hospital is required by law ...

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May you never be an interesting case. That's a cautionary proverb familiar to medical professionals. While it's bad to get sick, it's much worse to get sick with something uncommon or unusual. The more fascinating a case is for doctors, the more difficult it is for patients. Difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat, and often difficult to survive. Kenneth Liew was doubly unfortunate. He was an interesting medical case and an interesting ...

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by RH+, MD About 3 weeks after my son was born I read this post and I was extremely jealous as I read about the author’s extended leave. As I began to consider my "maternity leave" I realized that I could quite possibly have a truly unique situation on my hands. I work in private practice and my husband is an amazing stay at home Dad. We had been waiting to ...

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by Melissa Velez-Avrach About eight years ago, I was in an accident that left me with chronic lower back pain and muscle spasms. Then, about a year and half ago, I was in a car accident. Bad combo for the pain. I've been to chiropractors, orthopedic spine specialists, had MRIs, the works and am following my doctor's recommendations, doing yoga, deep breathing and physical therapy when needed. It has all helped me ...

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Not being much of a soccer aficionado, I have nevertheless been captivated by some of the games in the 2010 World Cup Soccer. Probably has something to do with my being South African! While I hear many Americans bemoan the slow pace of the televised game ("boring!"), the low scores ("where's the action?") and the vuvuzelas ("irritating!"), I have been struck by lessons these matches have offered up for entrepreneurial physician ...

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by 911Doc, MD When our colleagues want to criticize our approach to medicine in the wild, wild west, they call us "cowboys." So be it. And guess what? You too can take to the road with your skills and wits only and be paid what you are worth. Locums companies are now offering me almost twice what I make working for my group to travel, be put up in a nice hotel, and ...

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