The following op-ed was published on June 7th, 2010 in CNN.com. "I read all about my condition on the Internet," a recent patient proudly told me. Like other doctors, I'm seeing more patients research their symptoms thoroughly before setting foot in the exam room. Patients are using the Web in unprecedented ways for their own health empowerment. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 61 percent of American adults ...

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Should drug and device makers fund continuing medical education courses? That's a question medical schools and academic medical centers have recently been grappling over. Now, the University of Michigan has taken the controversial step to completely divorce the industry from physician education. According to the New York Times,

the University of Michigan Medical School has become the first to decide that it will no longer take any money from drug and device makers ...

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It's well known that patients Google their doctors, a practice that's performed with increasing frequency. But what about doctors researching their patients on the web? It's an interesting idea that I hadn't thought of. I have never Googled a patient, and can't see any reason to in a primary care setting. But the context of the piece, which I first saw in the WSJ Health Blog, was in psychiatry. It would ...

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