Alberta physicians will get $1,200 a day and have flight and hotel bills paid if they work on-call shifts at the hospital in Fort McMurray, a move Health Minister Dave Hancock called a short-term solution to the community's doctor shortage.

The $338,000 program will pay doctors to provide hospital care for patients without a family doctor in Fort McMurray, the Alberta government announced Tuesday.
(via Medpundit)

Common overseas, will they work here?

(via Dr. Wes)

Parents give their daughter increasing doses of Clonidine - although I think the newspaper report may have meant Klonopin instead - and the DA may be going after the prescribing psychiatrist.

Here's one suggestion:

I would like to know how much standing John Edwards has with the practicing physician community regarding any aspect of health care . . . Now if he did something bold, like apologize to the medical community for being part of the problem and donate his wealth to a charity benefiting health care providers with depression and substance abuse problems, he would get my attention.
If he did ...


Dedicated, or crazy:

When Professor David Pritchard wanted to test the effects of parasites on humans, he had to apply to the Ethics Committee.

They refused him the go-ahead because they weren't confident it was safe. So there was only one thing for it: he volunteered himself.

This involved putting 50 hookworms on a plaster, then sticking it to his arm so they could burrow under his ...


How more and more physicians are supplementing their income. That's what declining reimbursements will do to you:

Removing hair from unmentionable parts of ladies in Westchester County is how my friend Jerry spends a good part of his week. Not that there's anything wrong with that, except Jerry (not his real name) is a cardiologist, trained at one of the finest medical programs in the country. Trained to save ...


When reading about the malpractice debate, physicians can take some comfort in this fact: "Fortunately, most jurors (and readers) are patients, so you can't pull the wool over their eyes."

How people react differently to being diagnosed with life-threatening diseases.

So says this physician on why Florida gastroenterologists are leaving in droves:

None of the colleagues who I know makes $350,000 a year. At an average of a 60-hour work week for 48 weeks a year, that is about $100 an hour, or a little more than a plumber or electrician makes, but less than your average professional golf instructor makes. We still take emergency calls and treat the indigent.

Anti-MRSA pajamas

Silver-based pajamas are being tested in the UK to fight MRSA.

Dr. Scott on the sneaky practices of a large, much-loved here, for-profit insurance company.

Medpundit gives some reasons, but she likes it overall.

Immigration officers did a rectal exam. They found a seton which treated an anal fistula. Unfortunately, they pulled it out. Bad move:

After one baffled immigration officer pulled "very hard" on the seton, the patient was given the choice by the baffled immigration officers of either getting on the next plane home, or submitting himself to a procedure to have it removed.

Happily, as The ...


Hilarious - and oh so true. More on PBL (problem based learning).

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(via Graham)

See which ads triggered nerve activity in the ventral striatum.

A Canadian law student wonders why not.

The majority of medical students in this forum feel positive about primary care, voting for this answer:

There is a future. Shortages will drive PCP salaries up and the field will remain alive and kickin'.

Glad to know someone is focusing on the important studies:

According to the December issue of the British Medical Journal, sword swallowers were more likely to sustain injury when distracted or when ingesting multiple or oddly shaped swords. For the latter, the report gives as examples the use of a curved saber. Of 46 swallowers who participated, 19 reported sore throats.

This PCP is frustrated that radiologists are blurting out diagnoses and suggesting treatments after imaging tests:

Several months ago a radiologist, after performing a bone scan on a patient with a PSA of 70, went out and told the assembled family that my patient was "full of cancer." Then he suggested a treatment direction which was somewhat different than what I had already discussed with the patient. Just the other ...


A Canadian doctor is calling for children to sue their smoking parents. (via Michael Siegel)

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