Leaders often think about succession plans for their direct reports, but what about themselves? What if I had a serious health problem or accident that impaired my ability to lead my IT organizations? Here's my brief analysis. Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center My role at BIDMC is to document the strategies prioritized by our governance groups, ensure our organizational chart structure is optimized for executing the strategies, ...

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A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. by John Tooker, MD, MBA, MACP The campaigning for the mid-term elections reminds us once again of the state of civility – or lack of civility - in American politics. By civility, I mean showing regard for others. We are beset by campaign attack ...

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As a physician coach to doctor clients making the transition from clinical practice and seeking out new careers, I latched onto a recent article in the Los Angeles Times business section. Titled "Revive your Resume" by Emily Hughey Quinn, it hints at the death of the traditional paper resume. In its place is the digital resume you create on sites such as LinkedIn and VisualCV. Take special note - if you're a ...

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by Ali Khan, MD “So, why didn’t I take the ROAD again?” It’s a question that I regularly hear from many of my co-residents in internal medicine – and no, we’re not questioning our travel routes to the hospital. We all know why we chose internal medicine: the intellectual challenges inherent in treating across organ systems, the excitement of primary scientific investigation and diagnosis and the like. As we ...

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by June Parker Beck At age 73 I have definitely seen the evolution of the whole "doctor" experience, from Ob/Gyn, to pediatrician (have 5 children) to specialist, to internist. I've learned to accept the fact that in this high tech age, we aren't going to be chatting with our doctor about the grade school bake sale.  The biggest lesson learned, however, was that if you are treated ...

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A guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. As physicians, we prioritize the health of others often at the expense of our own health. Our patients’ health is our priority and why we chose the profession of medicine. The International Conference on Physician Health, held earlier this month in Chicago, gave physicians the opportunity to make their health a priority and provided them with tools to make ...

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by Thomas Goetz Enough about patients: What is a doctor to do? In the past few months, since The Decision Tree book came out, I’ve had the privilege to talk with many doctors about the opportunity and challenge of engaging patients in their own health. Some physicians, not surprisingly, have been suspicious, and even hostile to the idea that patients have a role to ...

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by Travis G. Bias, DO Throughout my involvement in organized medicine, I’ve met friends who I hold in high regard, and colleagues for whom I hope to one day work.  One of my favorites, a neurosurgery resident buddy of mine, claims specialists should be paid more than primary care physicians.  But, I am a third-year family medicine resident, preparing to enter the practicing world.  And ...

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by Ruben J. Rucoba, MD Has it come to this?  Do we really need, as a profession, to measure ourselves against others like a bunch of schoolboys?  After reading Dr. Son’s article, “Does being a lawyer or journalist stack up with being a physician?”, I feel compelled to reply. As a practicing pediatrician, I, too, feel the nobility and privilege of my profession, and count myself lucky ...

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When I was a resident in internal medicine many years ago,  I saw an elderly woman who came to the ER complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath.  She had a history of heart disease.  When I listened to her chest, the crackles I heard emanating from her wet lungs told me she had congestive heart failure.  I treated her chest pain and gave her diuretics to help her get rid of the water that was making ...

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