We are on the brink of a crisis-level physician shortage in the United States. How did we get here? And what can we do now?
Jamie Katuna is a medical student. She can be reached on Facebook
On June 30th, a physician entered a hospital in New York City with an assault rifle. He killed one person, a physician, and wounded six others. He then set himself on fire and shot himself in the chest, dying by suicide.
I, nor anybody else, knows this man’s motives or what was going on in his head. But one detail in the story stuck out to me.
According to CNN, ...Read more...
The data tells us when physicians run hospitals or clinics, those institutions have better health outcomes and higher employee satisfaction scores.
So now, what do we do with that information? Watch and discuss.
Jamie Katuna is a medical student. She can be reached on Facebook.
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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...