How to set a realistic bar in family medicine My fourth grade teacher labeled me "most inquisitive," and I'd like to believe that superlative still rings true.  But I challenge you to stop and think about it for a second - how do you set the "bar" of expectations in your own life? With your patients? With your family? With your commitments? Are you the kind of person to place the ...

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Many recent conversations in the advancing world of health care delivery have integrated the term "disruption." At first glance, this is perhaps quite jarring and counter-intuitive to the mind of the forward or progressive thinker. It is ever the more uncomfortable to the medical mind that is trained to carry on in the face of adversity, through exhaustion, and despite resistance. Paradigmatically, the medical world has recently been presented with ...

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As a medical student I have come to appreciate two core goals of health care: 1. Health: The delivery of medical knowledge, assessment or treatment to a patient 2. Care: The compassionate approach to any patient In my medical training, I have also witnessed clinical medicine practiced across a spectrum of situations.  Taking my time to reflect on these experiences, I am not certain we are meeting our goals.  Too often ...

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Imagine using Skype to contact your physician for a consult. In the midst of this rapidly progressing technologic era, our delivery of medical services is being transformed by health information technology (HIT), electronic medical records (EMR), and advanced telecommunications.  In meeting criteria for "meaningful use," physicians are driven to use these technologies to empower patients with communication through electronic medical records.  A primary goal is to allow patients to ...

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I recently had quite a long conversation with a college senior that was just accepted into medical school for this coming fall. As a rising fourth year medical student myself, I would like to think that I have navigated the waters of academia and figured out both efficient paths to success and avoidance of roadblocks and setbacks. ...

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