As a medical provider, while seeing a husband and wife, or a couple, regardless of gender, one comes across several situations that  may be considered difficult to handle and that require a good deal of tact and confidentiality. This is the case with seeing a husband and wife or (couple), together, for an examination. Ultimately, it depends on the rapport that the couple shares. If they ...

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by 911Doc, MD American medicine will die or be reborn in the next ten years. Correction, it will either continue an accelerated slide into banal mediocrity, or be reborn. The battle is finally joined, and it has been joined by the specialists. Thank you, doctors, for drawing the line in the sand. I hope you win. Honest. I am cheering against my own college here because they have ...

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by Anar Mikailov By now it is common knowledge that primary care is an undesirable field for newly graduating medical students. Additionally, many current primary care physicians are closing shop and either enter early retirement or seek non-clinical professions. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the 2010 Residency Match showed that 1,184 U.S. medical grads chose Family Medicine, less than half of the available positions ...

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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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