An excerpt from What It's Like to Become a Doctor: The Year-by-Year Journey From Medical Student to Practicing Physician, Greenbranch Publishing, 2016. I passed the board exam in November 2011 to become a gastroenterologist. This is the last exam I have to take until I recertify in internal ...

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An excerpt from What It's Like to Become a Doctor: The Year-by-Year Journey From Medical Student to Practicing Physician, Greenbranch Publishing, 2016. My third year of fellowship: June 2010 -- July 2011 In July 2010, I began my third and final year of fellowship. This year was focused ...

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As I was watching CNN news recently, I noted in the headlines different ways Obamacare is failing.  Current problems discussed were the customers’ sticker shock of high deductible plans (up to $12,700 for families), the president blaming the insurance companies for having substandard plans, and the people blaming the president for losing their current insurance. One patient even complained, “My new health care plan tripled in price, and now, it is ...

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US_Congress_02 A follow-up to Dear lawmakers: This is what it’s like to be a doctor today. Thank you to everyone for the positive feedback.  Over 60,000 Facebook “likes”, tweets, and newspaper requests was quite a surprise. I was especially moved by the multiple tweets from hospices, physician groups, and individuals recommending my article. This article really has hit a nerve and shed light ...

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shutterstock_45483184 I am writing this letter because I feel that our leaders and lawmakers do not have an accurate picture of what it actually entails to become a physician today; specifically, the financial, intellectual, social, mental, and physical demands of the profession. This is an opinion that is shared amongst many of my colleagues. Because of these concerns, I would like to ...

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