Physicians have the best job in the world. Sometimes that's hard to see, but let's not forget it. Thank you, Jamie Katuna
In a few weeks, new medical school graduates will take their turns saying the words of the Hippocratic Oath.
In theory: This is a noble tradition where they promise to fulfill their duties as wonderful physicians: Autonomous, wise, humble, prevention-focused, and active members of their communities.
In reality: The health care system in which they’re entering makes it next to impossible to keep any of these commitments. It is a ...Read more...
The Match is an algorithm that pairs medical school graduates with a residency so they can begin practicing as a physician.
It was invented in 1952 when there were far more residency positions available than students graduating.
Now, the opposite is true. Yet we use the same algorithm.
The result? A significant portion of medical school graduates are left unemployed and with no place to go once they complete school (and have ...Read more...
I’m entitled and lazy
A whiny little baby
I’m a disgraceful human in general
Because I am a millennial
And people say we are the worst
Always putting ourselves first
We should get a real job and settle down
But our priorities are reversed
Every old generation
Thinks the new one is mistaken
And so every new generation
Is made fun of and hated
This old adage has been true for ages so
Just embrace it
Because we dictate the future
We are powerful ...Read more...
The surgeon told me: "No offense, but girls really aren’t cut out for this work. They’re too fragile. They get too emotional. It’s not your fault; it’s biological."
Yes -- health care is sexist. And it is racist.
And just like our country, it is divided.
Brilliant people face an uphill battle against prejudice as they work to become healers. Abuse within the system is rarely punished or even noticed.
This has to ...Read more...
Physicians are not robots.
The health care system (and the corporate world in general) turns idealistic students into jaded and cynical professionals. They become small pieces in a profit-obsessed machine. They count down the days until retirement.
We have to beat this system. And to do that, we must protect at all costs our humanity and creativity. We have to challenge the notion of how a doctor “should” be by embracing ...Read more...
In what has been called the “opioid epidemic,” we talk a lot about two groups of people:
1. Patients who try to con their physician to get an opioid prescription, and
2. Physicians who capitalize on these patients by creating “pill-mill” clinics (that dispense opioids generously).
This narrative results in top-down regulations that restrict the relationship between physicians and patients everywhere.
Doctors are often blamed for the problem, so new guidelines target them. ...Read more...
Going outside in cold weather gives you a cold? Eating turkey makes you sleepy? Gum stays in your stomach for seven years? Separate these myths and more from truths.
Jamie Katuna is a medical student. She can be reached on Facebook.
Imagine training for ten years in an environment that is abusive, isolating, and stressful.
Imagine going $250,000 into debt for that training.
And imagine that at the end of all this, you have a 50 percent chance of being unsatisfied with your job.
This is the path for physicians in this country. But why should it matter to everybody else?
First, the short term: Quality of care will decrease. When the person in ...Read more...