In a previous post on the Social Media Healthcare blog, I made an argument as to why physicians should be involved in social media—especially on Twitter.  The purpose of this post is to describe how I use social media as a busy clinician and teacher of family medicine to keep up to date with clinical and policy information and  also how I find the time to use social media. ...

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We must redesign our health care payment systems to value primary care I share this post here to point out the discrepancy in physicians' average salaries based on their specialties. In particular, I would like to highlight that the three lowest-paid specialties are the three primary care specialties: pediatrics, family medicine, and general internal medicine. This post is not written to argue that physicians must be paid more. I would submit that if ...

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Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it. - Bertolt Brecht In prior posts, I have discussed the issue of professionalism and social media.  I have also taken issue with medical organizations' extant social media guidelines.  In some of these posts' comments, it has been noted that there is no corresponding guideline or document that expressly discusses ...

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About six weeks ago, while in clinic, I developed pain in my stomach -- specifically, in my right upper quadrant, just below the ribs.  I had experienced this a few times before, but this time it seemed more persistent than usual.  Following the rule that physicians make the worst patients, I kept working through it until my nurse told me I looked poorly, and made me see my own primary ...

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Dr. Bryan Vartabedian (on Twitter as @Doctor_V) posted to his blog the narrative of a Grand Rounds presentation he gave in which he focused on the risks and benefits of physicians’ use of social media. The post is long, but provides an overview of Dr. V’s approach to social media.  If you review his blog, you will see that this post (and the related presentation) neatly ...

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Why do we need to occupy healthcare?  Why are we here, on this website, calling for change?  We are so often told that America has the best healthcare system in the world.  If that were so, then there would be no need to change anything.  We could continue running things as we currently are, and all would be well ... Except that we do not have the best healthcare system in ...

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