There goes the neighborhood

Thanks to Kevin for trusting us and letting us play on his blog while he is (hopefully) on vacation. With any luck, we wont trash the joint. It's hard to imagine how an oncologist, nephrologist, ER/hospitalist, psychiatrist, pathologist (in a former life I think Dr. Bottles was a pathologist), and obstetrician could get into any trouble....guess, we'll see.

I'm all in favor of umbilical cord blood banking ...

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Thanks, Kevin, for the trust and recognition implicit in inviting me to guest blog here. Yours was one of the first medblogs I found and it is a great place to keep up.

Jury returns $640,000 medical malpractice verdict

It is hard to tell from this brief article what the details of the case were. On one hand, it is frustrating to see physicians sued when a known ...

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Stalking doctors in the hospital: A patient shares her frustration
"I understand that what with juggling office hours and visits to hospitalized patients, doctors have demanding schedules. But do they understand that when your loved one is in the hospital, the rest of your life doesn't just go away? Hospitals operate on the premise that we, the family, must make ourselves readily accessible to the doctor - not by phone ...

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The Chicago Tribune takes a detailed look at the pros and cons of the hospitalist movement

retired doc's thoughts on the recent compensation figures
"Delta also provides current average locum tenens bill rate per 8 hour day and, of course, they show a similar ordinal ranking. But it gets worse. While the internist, FP and ped all make $760 per day, the CRNA brings in $1,140 and a hospitalist makes $975. An internist has to sub specialize to make more than an anesthesia nurse."


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Hospitalists

Medpundit writes about giving in to the hospitalist temptation. Let me say, hospital medicine is a completely different world from primary-care medicine. If you stay away from it, that knowledge will slowly dissipate. It's like not exercising a muscle - after awhile, it will atrophy and weaken. That's partly why I enjoy the occasional hospital and ER shifts - keeping these skills sharp is important ...

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Here's a cynical letter from an internal medicine physician found on Internal Medicine News:

The headline, "Internal Medicine Seen as Unmanageable Career Choice," hit home.  One of the last sentences, however, demonstrated that someone missed the boat:
"The initial results suggest that students respond to a structured curriculum, which gives them the sense that internal medicine is a manageable career."
 
Ouch.
 

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