Why do dentists prescribe antibiotic prophylaxis so often? Because they can. Why am I dissing my dental colleagues? Because I can. Perhaps, this is a simple case of dental envy, since their profession remains within secure borders far beyond the health care reform line of fire. Consider these dental incidentals: • Not a syllable in the ~2000 page health care reform law that affects dentists. Every filling is still worth its weight in gold • ...

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There is an aspect of professional sports that I greatly admire. This transcends the athleticism and skill of the athletes, the work ethic, coaching expertise, teamwork and the thrill of the game. This is one of the only institutions that is a pure meritocracy. The philosophy is simple and not blurred by arguments for diversity or massaging the qualifications for admission to serve another agenda. Coaches, managers and owners want ...

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My friend, the Buckeye Surgeon, has resisted reforms in medical residency training programs, that have eased some of the inhumane exhaustion on young interns and residents. I have a different view on the subject. This issue generates spirited debate in the blogosphere and in teaching hospitals across the country. Not all medical education reforms, however, provoke controversy. I learned recently from an Ohio medical student that they are now being taught ...

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