KevinMD posts of the week, ending April 10, 2011

Here are the top posts from this past week, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. Real life example of medical school debt. Want to really understand the reality of US medical education debt?

2. Why does society frown on doctors earning a reasonable living? Why then does our society, in general, have a negative perception of doctors earning a reasonable living commensurate with their education, experience and expertise?

3. Treatment of chronic pain puts doctors in a no win situation. First do no harm. Treat every patient with respect and dignity.

4. Think about medical school tuition debt before becoming a doctor. He is looking at about 10 years of hard work including taking a year of post-graduate pre-med science courses, four years of medical school and five years of surgical residency training before his dream becomes reality. Here are the issues.

5. The futility of prolonging life and the benefit to patients. I’m not even going to get into the monumental costs that are incurred in situations like this.