Engaging in an economic conversation about the conventional compensation of a physician leads one to believe that doctors are well-to-do. In the minds of most citizens, school-tuition board members and even local neighbors, if you’re a physician the presumption is that you are economically prosperous, maybe even rich. This sociological assumption probably sounds false to most whom honorably don the white coat. Perhaps a decade or two ago, when medical ...

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Attend any biotech or health informatics conference and one thing becomes clear: the scarcity of physicians. Entrepreneurs, businessmen, angel investors, and software engineers swarm these conferences -- and their encompassing companies -- all the while the imperative persona in this realm remains tied up behind a dysfunctional EHR or in an overbooked operating room. Why? Certainly, inculcating these dynamic players in the health care space is integral to the successful evolvement ...

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“I’ve done this thousands of times. If you do not intubate him, he will die quickly. I’m a pro, but I don’t have all night: either decide to let me do my job, or he dies. But remember, he could die while I do the procedure as well.” These were the words that echoed around a group of five siblings, a spouse and ten grandchildren, all lost in the chaos of ...

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