shutterstock_150587642 Medical schools traditionally admit pre-med students who are science nerds, and later wonder why their graduates aren't well-attuned to their patients' emotions. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City hopes to correct that. It now operates a program, called "Hu-Med," that admits humanities majors. They're selected after their sophomore college year, and don't even need to take ...

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed Medicare for the better, and produced higher quality of care for patients. But whether the new shifts in Medicare policy will lower the total cost of health care, remains unclear. And that could present the program with a major problem in the future. For the first 40 years of Medicare, most enrollees opted for the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. The main reason for doing so was ...

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shutterstock_132875531 In the last several shifts I’ve worked in the ED I’ve had more people stop and compliment me on my care. I’ve heard the usual, “Do you have a private practice?” compliment and, “I’ve been here a lot and you really took the time to hear what I was saying, I appreciate that.” Kudos are nice. They are what makes a tough ...

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shutterstock_174393956 One Google search can sometimes change everything. After learning something new about our child’s health or condition, especially for worried parents and caregivers, leveraging online search as a resource in diagnosis, clarification and education is typical behavior. Searching out support, camaraderie and tips online just makes sense. In fact, 2013 data from the Pew Research Center finds that 1 in 3 Americans ...

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shutterstock_131652026 My inbox has been flooded lately with emails from fellow pediatricians begging for help fighting the American Board of Pediatrics MOC program. These are doctors with decades in the care of children, now threatened with complete loss of their ability to practice because of the onerous ABP MOC process.  In trying to help my colleagues, I visited the ABP website today and ...

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Black-Cloud-revised Everyone who went through medical school recognizes who the black cloud was on their team. 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.

shutterstock_253531033 I have received many questions on this topic from medical students so I thought I would share my thoughts on choosing the right medical specialty for you. I hope you find this helpful. 1. Relax. The medical degree offers more flexibility than any other graduate degree. Even if you realize your selected specialty no longer fits you there are multiple areas your degree ...

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shutterstock_161647064 Being related to a famous person is somewhere between a cruel joke and a minor distraction. My father was immensely talented and worked very hard at his writing, but the degree of his success was a fantastically unlikely bit of luck. There are lots of talented, hard-working artists who don’t make it. The important thing in overcoming mental illness, whether or not ...

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shutterstock_238626826 Recently I was asked to talk to a special group: the doctors and staff who teach new doctors. I reached out to my community and the suggestions that came pouring in of how to improve physician burnout were amazing. What I learned is that a key element of guiding young doctors and avoiding burnout is to stop for a minute. Can you believe ...

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shutterstock_274763711 The morning after his brother's bachelor party, standing on the fourth floor of his family home, Dr. Arvind Goel, felt the ground move under his feet. "First it was minor vibrations and then it built up in a crescendo and then the couch where my four-month-old son was lying began to shake." "It was creepy," Goel, 32, continued. "The furniture began to ...

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I enter through the sliding doors, my flip-flops slapping the linoleum as I search for the information desk.  “Can you point me towards the apheresis center?” I ask, noticing my voice rise a notch.  I am clearly uncomfortable.  My feet feel naked and exposed without my Dansko clogs, and I can’t remember the last time I wore jeans in a hospital.  Two medical students scurry by, their stethoscopes bouncing around ...

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shutterstock_141760741 If I had groused two years ago that we were getting doctored to death, you would’ve thought me obtuse. When I claim today, though, that every head bump doesn’t need an MRI, you get it. There’s a growing buzz about Americans receiving too much health care. In fact, overtesting and overtreatment are the main source of health care’s amazing expense. You can ...

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shutterstock_110076689 Smoking is a major cause of heart attacks, strokes, emphysema, and lung cancer. Smoking rates have steadily declined in the U.S. in the last 50 years, but about a fifth of U.S. adults still smoke. Helping them quit would make a major contribution to their health. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) studied the effectiveness ...

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Paying someone to mow your lawn is a pretty straightforward affair. Ryan the lawn guy will look at the lawn size and maybe the hilliness of your yard, and you’ll settle on a price for mowing and trimming it. When you decide to contract for Ryan’s services on a more regular basis, payment might get a little more complicated. If you pay Ryan every time he mows your lawn he ...

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It's two months into my second year of medical school, and I'm at the clinic, preparing to shadow Dr. Neiland, a primary care physician. I didn't want to come here this morning. Yesterday, one of my preceptors decided that it was my turn to be "pimped." Pimping, in medical education, is when the preceptor asks you questions until you get one wrong. Then he asks more questions, highlighting your ignorance. Theoretically, this ...

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Here's a question for you: Which causes more deaths, motor vehicle traffics accidents or firearms? I asked a bunch of people that question, including a bunch of doctors, and everyone said that motor vehicles did, by a lot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, 33,804 people died from motor vehicle traffic accidents -- and 33, 636 died from firearms. They kill the same number of ...

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shutterstock_250745014 Two years ago, during my second year of medical school, my classmates and I sat in cramped auditorium chairs as our instructor presented us with a clinical scenario. We were learning about arrhythmias, and our instructor flipped through slides of different ECG patterns, asking how we would respond to each. After several less concerning ones, the slide flashed ventricular fibrillation: an irregular ...

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american cancer society Question: What do all these cancers have in common: melanoma, lung, kidney, bladder, ovarian, head and neck, Hodgkin lymphoma, stomach, breast (and others)? Answer: They have all shown evidence of meaningful, durable responses when treated with one or more of the new immunotherapy drugs. And that is truly amazing, not to mention very unexpected, even by the ...

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Want to learn about sepsis?  This video from the residents at UCLA-Kern Medical Center teaches you, Justin Timberlake style. Get your sepsy on!

lionel-messi-2013-hd-wallpaper-2219075 Quintessential Messi. One moment he is standing over the ball, in a seemingly harmless position at midfield, the next thing you know you are picking the ball out of the back of the net. How did this come to pass? How did things change so rapidly? When you watch it the first time, it's disorienting. It makes no sense. How does ...

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