acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Because I work for a medical specialty society, I’m frequently asked by non-members why I believe they should belong to a medical professional society.  This is a particularly relevant question these days given the rapidly changing landscape of medicine and with physicians becoming ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. In the late 1800s, William Osler stated, “… if you want a profession in which everything is certain, you had better give up medicine.”  He made this observation at a time when the science underlying health care was nascent, and little was understood ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. When talking with patients - particularly those with multiple, complicated medical issues - it often doesn’t take very long to hear about their increasingly suboptimal and sometimes harrowing interactions with our health care system. Examples include inpatient experiences in which care is provided by ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. We are just now beginning to recognize the impact of isolation and loneliness on the health of our patients. Recent cultural and societal changes have led to markedly increased levels of isolation of our patients with a dwindling size and activity of their ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. In the run-up to the Academy Awards this year, like many people I made a concerted effort to see most of the top-nominated pictures.  Of particular interest was Bohemian Rhapsody, the biographical film about the lead singer of the rock band Queen, Freddie ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. The aim of medical education is not only to transfer scientific knowledge, but also impart the wisdom accumulated over the long history of medicine that equips us to apply this knowledge for the betterment of our patients. Although much of medical wisdom transmitted in ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Much has been discussed in recent years around the concept of “practicing at the top of your license.”  But what does this really mean? The most common definition is that each medical professional’s routine activities should utilize the full extent of their education, training, ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. When reading (or writing) blog posts, it’s easy to be left with a mostly negative and often depressing view of the current state of medicine.  This is completely understandable as people usually write on topics and issues about which they feel strongly, and ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. I distinctly recall during residency a much older and well-respected clinical teacher periodically opining that what was needed in a particular patient case was “a dose of the tincture of time.” For those less familiar with more historic terminology, a tincture is an alcoholic ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Those of us who provide clinical care inevitably have patients who simply don’t do what we tell them.  And this isn’t limited to only primary care but is encountered in all specialties and by subspecialists and consultants alike. Not only can this be frustrating ...

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