Momentum remains in favor the flow of physicians to employed positions. Is this wisest path for physicians? That is unknown and likely depends upon the particular circumstance. Either way, independent physicians are an increasingly shrinking, yet curiously heterogeneous group. Independent practices vary in size, composition and philosophy. The impact of size (from solo to very large) and composition (primary or specialty care, single or multispecialty and physician demographics) is relatively ...

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shutterstock_152633582 When I was growing up, I thought that doctors had it made. About three months into med school I realized how wrong I was. Question: "Hi professor, what part of the chapter do I focus on?" Answer: "Everything." My text books would be out of date by the time I finished them. Just as I learned where they kept supplies in the hospital it ...

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shutterstock_66054364 I am going to make a bold statement here. Are you ready for it? There is nothing wrong with health care providers thinking like businessmen. I know what you’re thinking, but I feel the word “business” gets a bad reputation in medicine. We immediately associate the term with profit-hungry, egocentric individuals, a preconceived notion probably rooted in their unfair depiction in popular ...

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shutterstock_233166463 "Knowledge is power." The words of Sir Francis Bacon still ring true almost 400 years later. For the most part, knowledge can provide the power to change lives, change communities and change the world. People born in adverse conditions can potentially improve their circumstances with a degree from higher education, and it is why the first college degree in a family ...

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shutterstock_246706588 The annual American Telemedicine Association just wrapped up their national conference in Los Angeles recently. Physician-dignitaries such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong gave keynote addresses, the exhibit hall was laden with telemedicine industry advocates, and the Twitter hashtag #ATA2015 was trending with great vigor. The four-day event was well-attended and comfortably demonstrated telemedicine’s emerging popularity. Telemedicine is not new. ...

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shutterstock_267760397 I have been exposed to many patient interactions during my first year of medical school. However, my first real patient interaction was when I accompanied my attending to a homeless shelter in downtown Phoenix. I can clearly remember being very excited the day before the visit to the homeless shelter; this was to be the first time I would actually interact with real patients. ...

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I’m thankful that my first rotation was family medicine out in Youngstown, Ohio. Youngstown is a small town halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Everything moves a little slower out there compared to what I’m used to in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Similarly, my family medicine rotation as a whole was slower and calmer compared to my other rotations. I didn’t see any emergency conditions or an excessive number of rare pathologies ...

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shutterstock_193958318 If it weren’t for social media, I would not know that internal medicine physicians are challenging the ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements and the ABIM.  I became encouraged by their efforts and fascinated with details of the ABIM’s finances.   If you’ve been a board-certified physician for at least three years, you should know about MOC.  According to the American ...

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In a recent Forbes editorial, conservative commentator John Goodman argues that the Texas Medical Board is sending the state back to “the middle ages” because they are trying to limit the practice of medicine in the absence of a face-to-face, doctor-patient relationship. He believes that telemedicine should have an unfettered role in health care -- diagnosis and treatment should be available to anyone who wishes to share their ...

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shutterstock_189396983 Out-of-context quote of the day: “We have no malls and no Walmart.  Recruitment is nearly impossible.” These astonishing statements were made by Elizabeth Nelson, a nurse practitioner in Nebraska.  She was not talking about teenage summer jobs.  She was not talking about professional Walmart greeters, addicts of cheap stuff made in China who want an employee discount, or people who really like Cinnabon.   ...

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