Another year of medical school soon begins.  There's no better way to greet incoming students than this The Book of Mormon parody from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (who also brought you their gone-viral rendition of Let It Go).  Good luck, first-year medical students: The book of Netter's will indeed change your life.

Family physician Mike Evans is famous for his terrific whiteboard videos, where he distills complex medical ideas to its most understandable essence.  Here, he tackles low back pain, a condition that most adults will experience sometime during their lives. Watch and learn how more tests for back pain isn't necessarily better.

Reduce health costs? Stop focusing on physician salaries.My latest USA Today column is now up: Doctors are not overpaid. I explain why focusing on physician salaries won't do much to dent health costs. Also, as I wrote in a prior blog post, "Pay me like a French doctor. You know you want to," any salary comparison with other countries also needs to consider their costs of medical education ...

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In this Daily Show segment, "An Outbreak of Liberal Idiocy," correspondent Samantha Bee likens the anti-vaccine crowd to right-leaning climate deniers.  I've been saying this for awhile: The anti-vaccine mentality crosses party lines.  Remember, Jenny McCarthy got her start from the progressive-leaning Huffington Post.

Comedian John Oliver with a must-see takedown of Dr. Oz, after his disastrous performance at the recent Senate hearings: "It's easy to fill a show with shameless pandering without dangerously misleading medical information."  And at the 13:44 mark, he shows us how it's done.  Epic.

ZDoggMD with another classic parody: "Let it flow."  As he puts it, "an emotional, epic anthem ... about urinary retention." Men with BPH rejoice!

British comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb imagines what a homeopathic ER would look like.  I love the "homeopathic lager" at the 2:20 mark of the sketch. Classic.

A woman experienced symptoms of a stroke: facial droop, dysarthria, arm weakness and reduced fine motor control.  She  recorded these symptoms in a real time video, which is now on YouTube.  Several days prior, she experienced similar symptoms that were dismissed by physicians.  After this episode, she was correctly diagnosed with a transient ischemic attack, and now on appropriate medications.  But I agree with Dr. Markku Kaste with the World Stroke ...

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Dr. Oz testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and gets grilled by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a former prosecutor.  As the senator puts it, Dr. Oz has a huge megaphone, which he could use to promote evidence-based health practices.  Instead, he squanders this opportunity by endorsing products of questionable value. 

Physician and best-selling author Abraham Verghese is a professor of medicine at Stanford University and has given presentations worldwide, focusing on the human side of medicine.  In his terrific TED talk, he passionately argues that in the midst of overwhelming data and technology, we must never lose sight of the patient. "When we shortcut the physical exam, we not only overlook simple diagnoses, but we're losing much more than that."

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