I read with fascination the opinion piece published New York Times:'" But I Saw It on Facebook': Hoaxes are Making Doctors' Jobs Harder" because it's a topic that's been on my mind lately.  Particularly after I engaged in a Facebook exchange with close friends who were forwarding misinformation from the less than reputable "American Frontline Doctors" about COVID-19.  The American Frontline Doctors group was more interested ...

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A new year, a new beginning, and the start of the final year of an eventful decade began with rumblings about a possible disease that would later spread rapidly around the globe to cause catastrophic devastation, lifestyle changes, closure of borders, while at the same time, begging for a desperate need to find a solution. COVID-19 soon got categorized as a pandemic in March 2020. As an international medical graduate (IMG) ...

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Clinical trials have an ugly history with race, but have we gone from exploitation to exclusion? People of color have long been underrepresented in clinical trials of all kinds; however, as the coronavirus pandemic rages and global attention is fixed on vaccine trials, the low participation rates of people of color have been noticed by the lay media. Much of the medical community would say that ...

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acp new logo A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD. Pandemics periodically alter the course of history, reshaping society as people struggle to deal with the consequences of a new and often devastating disease.  As with past pandemics, over just a few months we have witnessed the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus stretch our ...

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COVID-19 testing has been on the rise – with more and more tests being developed and more testing sites available. Many are drive-thru and walk-in test sites, and anyone is able to show up and get tested. There are so many different types of COVID-19 testing (PCR testing, antigen testing, and antibody testing) via different routes (nasal, nasopharyngeal, oral, saliva, venous blood sample, and fingerpricks), that patients often don’t know ...

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"In honor of one of the great classic novels, Go the F**k to Sleep, I would like to present to you my literary work: Stay the [email protected]$k at Home. To the healthy 20 year old who asks, “Why should I stay the [email protected]$k at home, COVID-19 is not going to kill me?” I ask: Do you want to kill your nana and grand-pops? No? Then ...

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As the COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the globe, companies are working hard to develop innovative solutions to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Chinese companies such as Alibaba have led the way using artificial intelligence, data science, and technology. Startups are teaming up with clinicians, engineers, and government entities to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As we continue our fight in the management and eventual eradication of the virus, here ...

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"Although technology and disruptive innovation theoretically diminish systemic barriers and geographic isolation, in practice, they frequently widen chasms in access for vulnerable populations. The reality is telemedicine disproportionately caters to younger, wealthier, and more educated patients. Hospital systems need to ensure every patient has access to remote health care services, whether through offering landline phone visits, examining pitfalls in digital skill requirements, ...

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I was scrolling through Facebook when it popped up. “Live! America’s Frontline Doctors address COVID-19.” A group of physicians in white coats stood before the Supreme Court, speaking into a microphone. As I stopped to watch, I was surprised to see several familiar faces—physicians I had interacted with on various social media physician groups. I knew from reading previous posts on social media that these doctors were proponents of the drug ...

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As we navigate everyday life in the midst of battling COVID-19, our thoughts naturally migrate to what medicine might look like post viral pandemic. As the new norms of social distancing, virtual meetings, and little to no human contact continue, we cannot help but wonder will these new social norms become permanent behavior patterns? And if so, what implications do they have for the physician and patient alike? Humans are a social ...

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An excerpt from Ballad of a Sober Man: An ER Doctor's Journey of Recovery. As if I needed more reminders of my imperfections, I had Maggie and the Kidney Stone Lady, forever. Little Maggie, the cute five-year-old from early in my career who came in with her ...

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While retailers have been struggling with business after lockdown, optometrists have noticed something rather unexpected. COVID-19, it seems, has caused the number of people getting eye tests to skyrocket. Pre-COVID, most people came simply because they were due. Now, the majority of people have problems, and many are seeing an optometrist for the first time. Most feel their eyesight has deteriorated recently. They complain of blurriness, fatigue, or pressure around the ...

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The worst day of a COVID-19 outbreak in long-term care is the first day.  There are tears.  How did it get in?  How did we fail?  How do we tell the families? When does the media show up? There is shame, tremendous shame.  Shame that we put on ourselves and that the outside world puts on us.

Then the shame turns to fear.  Where is it?  Who ...

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Where have the months of summer gone? The hazy, lazy days of summer to be spent out on the lake, picnicking with friends and family, state fairs, all the fun things we long to take part in. Occasions that should call for one to be present at with anticipation such as class reunions, weddings, baptisms of new babies, graduation ceremonies - all have come to a screeching halt. Even the ...

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Human kindness is a trait that, though inherent within our genetic make-up, can also be a learned behavior. The absence of human kindness is blatantly visible to others when a lack of compassion and/or empathy permeates within an interaction with another human being. As our daily life responsibilities continue at a steady state: mundane things such as paying bills, holding down a job and successfully interacting with co-workers, our ability to respond ...

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The behavior of managers and supervisors in organizations affects the mental health of their employees. This is especially true during times of uncertainty, such as a global pandemic.

Does a leader’s health and well-being change how they lead?

Early evidence shows that when leaders are experiencing challenging conditions, they are more likely to become resource depleted and exhibit negative behaviors, such as passive leadership or abusive ...

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If you’ve always been an avid gym-goer, the COVID-19 pandemic may have significantly disrupted your fitness routine as gyms, health clubs and exercise classes were unavailable for months. Getting active again is not only good for your physical health, but it’s also beneficial for mental health and can help you manage the symptoms of depression and anxiety, which a larger than ever number of people report experiencing during the pandemic. But ...

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"We all knew this pandemic was going to change how we practiced medicine, but I, personally, was not prepared for how much it would challenge the ‘work-life balance’ that I have spent years carefully maneuvering. Female physicians are often hesitant to express individual needs for fear of being viewed as “weak.” I’m finding freedom in removing the stigma of weakness and ...

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This new virus is changing everyday life-hospitals are doing their best to protect their staff and patients.  One thing I've learned is that they need to do a better job of communicating with families. My husband was 70 years old when he died of cancer and COVID-related issues.  He was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, lung mets to the brain on December 23, 2019. Because he had only one lesion in ...

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March 11, 2020. The medical school officially made all classes remote until the end of the semester. Tom Hanks and his wife have coronavirus. The NBA is suspended; Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert has corona. Travel to Europe is suspended. The renal midterm can be postponed if you choose. Not going home anymore. I don't want my parents to get it because of me. I had to cancel Spain. What ...

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