Patients and their family members are impressed when doctors show up for memorial services. They tell me about it. “The doctor liked my mother so much that he came to her wake,” a patient recently confided in me as I examined her. She had been a sole caregiver for her aging parents for years, and her mother had passed a few months earlier. The physician’s presence at her mother’s service ...

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Recently, I took a few minutes to fill out a survey on physician burnout.   A slew of studies offer estimates of physician burnout of up to 50 percent.  In my field of primary care, the documentation and regulatory burdens may cause the number to soar even higher. I am rounding out my fifth year in a busy suburban private practice and I am not burned out.  These questions moved me to ...

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