I strolled into our noon-daily resident conference, a little late, my free burrito in hand, and noticed that “cost awareness” was the topic. The conference seemed to have the same format as our other lectures: an attending was presenting a clinical case and asking us what steps we could take to best diagnose and manage the patient. The case seemed straightforward enough—a 65-year-old healthy Caucasian gentleman with right-sided chest pain—and ...

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