The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) released a proposal last month that will affect physicians in their first year of training after medical school. Currently, there are regulations to prevent these doctors from working more than 16 hours at a time. The new proposal wants to remove these limits, extending the maximum shift to 28 consecutive hours. There is an outpouring of public discourse on the issue with ...

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Guns and gun control are divisive topics. Talking about them often ends in frustration and both parties walk away feeling unheard. A not-so-debatable point, however, is that there are over 30,000 gun deaths per year in the United States. About 80,000 people are non-fatally injured. Gun violence in this country is a public health crisis. This public health issue is caught up in political fervor, often being controlled by politicians ...

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Kevin Thomas is a cardiac electrophysiologist at Duke University Hospital.  Watch his journey.  Courtesy of Black Men In White Coats and Diverse Medicine.

Dr. Kwadwo Owusu-Akyaw is an orthopedic surgery resident at Duke University Hospital.  Watch his journey. Courtesy of Black Men In White Coats and Diverse Medicine.

ZDoggMD's ode to those who work in the outpatient clinic.  Medical assistants, billing specialists, nurse practitioners, front office staff, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, CNAs, phlebotomists, health coaches, techs, MDs, DOs, veterinarians. Health care wouldn't survive without you.

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In general, I would predict that the audience reading this blog knows about medicine’s suicide epidemic: Roughly 400 physicians and 150 medical students kill themselves each year in the United States. This means that every year, about a million Americans lose their doctors to suicide. This crisis is a public health issue. The puzzling question is: Why isn’t it publicly known? If one million Americans were affected each year by ...

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Treat Yourself: An ode to everyone suffering during this opioid epidemic. From the one and only ZDoggMD.

Medical students are told two things: The first is that we are the future generation of health care. We are the ones who have the potential to make a difference, and we will lead the revolution. The second is that our current spot in the medical hierarchy is definitively at the bottom of the totem pole, where we are too powerless and inexperienced to have any tangible impact. How can both be ...

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The concept of burnout is malicious and dangerous. Terminology like that removes blame from enormous structures that systematically cause harm and put fault onto the victim. It says: "No, the health care system isn't inhumane, you just aren't strong enough to handle it." That word makes physicians doubt themselves and each other, hating themselves for not being "strong" or "tough" enough in a system meant to provide compassion and care. This ...

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