shutterstock_161647064 Being related to a famous person is somewhere between a cruel joke and a minor distraction. My father was immensely talented and worked very hard at his writing, but the degree of his success was a fantastically unlikely bit of luck. There are lots of talented, hard-working artists who don’t make it. The important thing in overcoming mental illness, whether or not ...

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shutterstock_238626826 Recently I was asked to talk to a special group: the doctors and staff who teach new doctors. I reached out to my community and the suggestions that came pouring in of how to improve physician burnout were amazing. What I learned is that a key element of guiding young doctors and avoiding burnout is to stop for a minute. Can you believe ...

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shutterstock_141760741 If I had groused two years ago that we were getting doctored to death, you would’ve thought me obtuse. When I claim today, though, that every head bump doesn’t need an MRI, you get it. There’s a growing buzz about Americans receiving too much health care. In fact, overtesting and overtreatment are the main source of health care’s amazing expense. You can ...

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shutterstock_110076689 Smoking is a major cause of heart attacks, strokes, emphysema, and lung cancer. Smoking rates have steadily declined in the U.S. in the last 50 years, but about a fifth of U.S. adults still smoke. Helping them quit would make a major contribution to their health. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) studied the effectiveness ...

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shutterstock_110004770 As a little kid, I used to love the bedtime story about Humpty Dumpty and his fall from the wall. “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again.” Until recently, I never thought about this story as a logical and sad analogy to ...

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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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