As physicians, we are regarded as intelligent. Are we, as a community, as emotionally intelligent as we could be? The answer is no. Let's face it. We are trained from the time we are medical students to disconnect and suppress our emotion, and we are taught to appear stoic and strong. Showing emotion in front of patients is discouraged, even in a situation that would be deemed acceptable by most. ...

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Yesterday was the perfect storm. The combination of articles printed over the weeks seem to give me a morose outlook on the medical profession. Article 1: A specialist had reasoned the medical world was in shambles because "specialist" try to rule the world with unnecessary obscurity. His example was acid reflux and how addressing it was a failure in delivering simple remedies. My throat was bitter with betrayal. Article 2: An insurance company ...

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Fifteen minutes. This is the typical amount of time allotted for any single follow-up or acute type appointment in Primary Care. 30-minute spots are reserved for new or complicated appointments. Now, I just want that to sink in for a minute. I want everyone to sit down and think real hard for a moment, about how much they can get done in 15 minutes. How long does it take you to ...

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Early retirement is a hot topic these days, particularly in the field of medicine. It is associated with the concept of financial independence, and together they are known by the acronym FIRE (financial independence and retiring early). In essence, FIRE means having enough saved that you can live off your investments, and no longer need to work for a salary. While FIRE is not for everyone, it is something my ...

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As a physician who left clinical medicine because of burnout and as a writer, I’m drawn to stories of physicians whose professional and personal lives have improved after reasoned interventions. So my ears jumped to attention earlier this month when a colleague at a summit on physician burnout described the positive results his practice had achieved in reducing burnout. Read Pierce, MD, is interim director of the Hospital Medicine Group ...

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In honor of everyone graduating and moving on to the next step, let's talk about money. And by money — I mean debt because new doctors don't have any money! All we have are bills to pay! I am the one who does the finances in our household. It really happened by accident. My husband was deployed shortly after we got married, so all daily responsibilities were de facto handed off ...

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As doctors, we are good at lots of things — we are smart, efficient, hard-working, proficient, role models and leaders. Then why do so many of us place our own health and well-being after our jobs? As a physician, my most prevalent discussions with patients always boil down to very simple recommendations: eat right, exercise, sleep and manage your stress. Lifestyle changes are really the key to solving many of the ...

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At the graveside, they still talk about judgment, intelligence, and the wisdom that is the practice of medicine. Deans and health care leaders wax poetic as they tell stories of great cures to lift in memoriam remarkable healers. Yet, though we bow to Hippocrates, Osler, and Salk, the time has come to mark a revolution in human history: The art of medicine is dead. It is not that doctors have fallen from ...

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Physician-comedian Brad Nieder, MD on the first time he heard the word, "STAT!" See more at the Healthy Humorist.

A few days ago, just after dawn, while I was out walking the dog, our home phone rang and my wife answered it. She's used to my pager, cell phone, and home phone ringing at all hours, and so she was not all that surprised when an unidentified voice said,"We're looking for the methadone dose for patient John Q. Smith." She told him I was out of the house at the moment, ...

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