shutterstock_168921674 1. You don’t have to make an appointment with your doctor, or sit in a crowded waiting room for hours, to get music -- you can just download it instantly from iTunes or pick up an instrument and play it. 2. Music costs far less than a medical office co-pay or out-of-pocket fee-for-service charge. And for many acute conditions, outcomes are probably pretty ...

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shutterstock_126288149 acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. A few weeks ago, my partners and I held a “going away” dinner for one of our partners who retired in late March. It was a great evening. We reminisced, discussed how medicine has changed over the ...

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shutterstock_269726339 There is an assumption that is creeping into discussions about medical education, just like primary education: that memorization is outdated and doesn’t matter in the Internet era. That’s a mistake. The goal of education is to create an expert thinker. Memorization is at the core of that endeavor. Practicing medicine requires constant problem solving. Every patient is different and requires a bit ...

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shutterstock_216581827 On Monday, June 1st, I awoke with a mixture of butterflies and excitement.  Every 30 minutes I checked online to see if it was up.  My heart pounded every time I clicked the refresh button.  Finally, around noon, there it was -- my first piece of medical writing, published on KevinMD.com. In medicine, we often present the objective facts.  We ...

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shutterstock_229830739 I recently read an article written by a human physician about her personal feelings and other people’s reactions to her decision to quit practicing medicine. The author frames the article around how her choice was made after she recognized how detrimental her career was to her own health. The irony of a doctor abandoning her profession because it was causing ...

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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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Many times I have been approached to tell my story of being part of a physician family. Where would I begin? How does one cover respect, love, trust, commitment, resilience, frustration, loss and longing in one brief message? It isn’t done. I’ve decided to give you as brief an overview as I can, then, if there seems to be interest in any particular aspect, I can expand on that element ...

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15.03.05 Clinical Trials Cover Small An excerpt from Clinical Trials: How Successful Doctors Navigate the Constantly Changing Medical System to achieve Financial Well Being. There is a common assumption that following a successful medical career, the logical next step is to sail off into the sunset and enjoying a life of luxury. This may be the case for some, ...

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shutterstock_194126468 I took ten years off to play in rock bands before I applied to medical school. So when, at 31, I found myself drowning as I drank from the fire hose of medical school information, I knew I had to make a change. I discovered the concept of high-yield and it seemed like the answer to my prayers. It is a simple ...

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shutterstock_115761625 The Medscape Physician Compensation Report puts primary care physicians at the bottom of the heap, with a median earning of less than $200,000 per year in 2014. What if the largest insurer of older Americans took those numbers to heart and decided to give primary care a pay raise of 25 percent, in recognition of and better support for ...

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