evolution-of-radiology-775 James Chang is a radiologist and author of Oh Doctor, The Places You Will Go… He blogs at Poor MD and can be reached on Facebook.

shamingwordsimage In medicine, our motto is first do no harm. Words matter. Choose them wisely. Here are 7 words that shame, blame, and injure people who need our help. 1. Don’t say COMMITTED suicide. Committed implies a crime. Committed rape, burglary, murder. Suicide is not a crime; it’s a medical condition that has been taboo for too long. Let’s come out of the dark ...

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The mantra of striving for excellent customer service is a very American concept. I’m reminded whenever I travel around the world and experience general service expectations elsewhere — even in some very advanced nations in Europe — how far ahead we are in the United States. We totally take it for granted that we can expect high levels of customer care almost everywhere we go, and any complaints and feedback ...

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Transgenderism has been catapulted to the forefront in the media, and it is clear we are in the midst of a cultural shift towards greater acceptance of the transgender community. The January 2017 issue of National Geographic was recently released as a special issue entitled, “Gender Revolution,” featuring a nine-year old transgender girl on its cover. As the construct of fixed gender is challenged and the societal impact of this ...

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About a year ago, Yusuke Tsugawa -- then a doctoral student in the Harvard health policy PhD program -- and I were discussing the evidence around the quality of care delivered by female and male doctors. The data suggested that women practice medicine a little differently than men do. It appeared that practice patterns of female physicians were a little more evidence-based, sticking more closely to
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A response to "This resident works 100+ hours per week, but is still a poorly trained surgeon." I am truly sorry your experience in a urology residency thus far has been far below your expectations. I am finishing residency in June, and I know how hard it is. There are sleepless nights, thankless tasks, and residency feels like a learning process that crawls forward in inches rather than feet. ...

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I love my children. This should come as no great surprise. Parents love their children.  While many are feeling that our nation is divided, love for our children and their future can unite us. In my professional career as a pediatrician, I have seen parents experience happiness, sadness, fear, and sometimes frustration but always behind these emotions is love for their children.  As a mom, I can empathize with each of ...

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The notion began early in computer science class during Jason's freshman year. The professor had noticed a certain elegance and zeal in his work and suggested medicine. That was in the days of the giants when clinicians were tied to such clunky programs as meaningful use and PQRS. In this antiquated milieu, Jason cut his teeth on basic health care architecture. In those prehistoric years, there still remained a bias toward ...

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For soldiers, there are many fears.  Will I do my job?  Will I succeed in my mission?  Will my colleagues in arms be harmed?  Will I be injured?  Will I die?  For the American Muslim who volunteers to engage the enemies of the United States on foreign soil, there is a new worry.  What will my home country do to my family while I am gone? Recently, Dr. Ghazali A. Chaudry, ...

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In 2014, a jury in Massachusetts awarded $16.7 million in damages to the daughter of a Bostonian lady who died from lung cancer at 47 for a missed cancer on a chest X-ray. The verdict reminds me of the words of John Bradford, a heretic who was burned at the stake: “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” Many radiologists will sympathize with both the patient ...

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