Burnout-640x400 Physician burnout is the latest trend among doctors. There are books, workshops, even special breathing exercises for physician burnout. Suddenly every other doctor I meet has burnout. And half of all med students have burnout before they graduate. WTF. We enter medicine as inspired, intelligent, compassionate humanitarians. Soon we’re cynical and exhausted. How did all these amazing people get so screwed up ...

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How-to-be-a-happy-doctor-640x424 I was a physician employee, many times for many hospitals and clinics. I’d stay a year or two, but eventually I’d quit. Then, in 2005, I opened an ideal clinic designed by my patients. Ten years later, I still love private practice. Why? I’m finally practicing medicine the way I had always imagined. When I decided to open a private practice, I was ...

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Kevin-Dietl-crop-2 Medical school graduation: Time to celebrate our brand new doctors! Except for the families who can’t celebrate their child’s graduation. Or their child’s marriage. Or their child’s birthday -- ever again. Like Michele and John Dietl. They lost their son, Kevin (pictured above), just weeks before graduation. Now they cling to online condolences and family photos. And to the never-ending question: Why? I’ve become a sideline specialist ...

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Money-640x480 I’m a physician entrepreneur. In 1998, I opened my first clinic. My malpractice: $500 per year. Then I tried life as an employed physician. Hated it. So in 2005, I opened my ideal clinic. Best. Job. Ever. My malpractice: $1,230 per year. Want low premiums? Here’s how I did it. A quick tutorial. New malpractice policies mature over five years. So the first ...

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Doctors4th-640x480 It’s July 4th! All across the country, Americans are celebrating freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Families and friends are relishing potato salad, apple pie, barbecues and parades. Is your doctor decked out in red, white, and blue enjoying fireworks from his yacht? Probably not. Have you seen any medical students waving little flags? Unlikely. The truth is American medicine has little to ...

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Pamela-Wible-Keynote-Speaker--640x480 I recently delivered a keynote in St. Louis to 600 health care leaders from a health system with 20 hospitals, 600 clinics, and 30,000 employees. They told me not to be afraid of the 12-foot-tall version of myself following me around stage. No problem. I’m one of the few people who has never been frightened by public speaking. The larger the audience ...

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DoctorsThankPatients-640x480 I’m a family physician in Eugene, Oregon -- a sweet town where folks are pretty darn friendly.  I still do house calls. Patients often surprise me with gifts. And nearly every appointment ends in a hug. Kindness is contagious. I like to return the favor. So every few weeks I celebrate “patient appreciation day.” I thank patients with balloons and chocolates. Why? For ...

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NoPRT-640x480 Here’s the latest medical fad: Physician resiliency training. Huh? Doctors are already the most resilient people on the planet. Doctors can go days on call without eating. I know. I have. Doctors can go 24 hours without a bathroom break. (Yes, we even have the most resilient bladders!) Doctors can work 168-hour shifts with little or no sleep as detailed in this whistleblower video. Doctors ...

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Fire-Doctor-640x399 Not all relationships work out. My prescription: If a relationship isn’t working, end it. Now. Recently an insurance plan told me they were sending a nurse to my office for a chart review that would take 3 hours. After 24 years of education, state licensure, board certification, and over 50 hours of continuing medical education each year, I’m not trusted to provide Pap ...

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Dead-Doctor-640x400 An investigation is underway after a Chicago-area doctor is found dead -- a suicide according to the medical examiner. What demands investigation is the callousness with which the this doctor’s death was reported by the media -- and received by neighbors, many health care professionals themselves. I’m alerted to the death initially by a Facebook friend: “Pamela, check this out!” Headline:
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