In a recent interview, Dr. Farzad Mostashari (former national coordinator for health IT and current CEO, Aledade ACO) gave some advice to physicians on how to avoid burnout and “restore their role as caregivers”:

The key is two things. One, if you're in a kayak in the rapids, you have to lean in and dig your paddle in and push ahead. If you lean back, you're done. You're going ...

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Potential patients -- usually parents -- occasionally ask me if I am "vaccine-friendly." After having this question posed to me numerous times, I’m prepared for the conversation that follows. I’ve tried to ease into it in various ways, but none has proven universally comfortable. The question's phrasing is telling about a person's perspective. It implies that their previous experiences with physicians were perceived as "unfriendly." Also, my defensive side infers it ...

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shutterstock_98521079 Since starting a direct primary care (DPC) practice nearly three years ago, I've become accustomed to skepticism and even the occasional criticism. Given the status quo, I understand it's difficult for some to envision a model that could be better for family physicians and our patients than traditional fee-for-service practice. Two common concerns about DPC have emerged during my conversations with fellow ...

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“So like a concierge doctor?” That was the most common response upon explaining my future direct primary care practice while in residency. That perception and label really perturbed me. My vision was to care for a diverse group of people. I spent the majority of my residency clinic hours in an urban safety net clinic, but certainly didn’t want to swing the pendulum to the opposite 1%. To avoid that stigma, I ...

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I am starting a prize-linked smoking cessation program for my medical practice. Like most family docs, I constantly remind my smokers about the risks of tobacco and my ability to help them quit when ready. And like most physicians I probably have a false belief that pestering “enough” will spur action. As an unofficial student of economics and official student of public health (MPH), I should know better. Sure, I have ...

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Early in my medical training I envisioned myself as an old-fashioned family doctor. Marcus Welby, MD was well before my time, but he seemed like a good fictional role model for a naive student-doctor. (Especially considering Dr. Cox of Scrubs was my alternate choice.) After finishing my primary classroom studies, I was eager to leave the stacks of paper behind and to learn from real clinicians caring for real people. After donning my short white coat ...

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