How much do doctors need to know? With Internet-based personal health records on the rise, debate is intensifying:

"People are suddenly going to find there's no way to compartmentalize the sensitive things in their health histories from the nonsensitive things in their health histories," said Rothstein, a lawyer who also is director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.


Medical school debt

Graham Walker: "Maybe we make it a choice. You can choose to pay full price, or pay no price, with either a guarantee that you make less money for life or have required service time for the country."

If you have good credit, and balls of steel, many a medical student have engaged in credit card arbitrage (i.e. shifting loans between 0% promo-rate credit cards) for 0% interest on ...



Nick Jacobs: "Having done physician recruitment for over twenty years, there is no doubt in my mind that these steps should be taken. On the other hand, it sounds like a Band-Aid solution." The word Tsunami is absolutely the correct word. This fix is clearly like sending a gallon of water to the hundreds of thousands of victims to share.

Our medical schools are currently unprepared to deal with ...


Sue the school.

Stewart University

Is this a joke? Graham does some investigative work on this "new medical school".

Here is some more YouTube evidence. Let the sketchiness ensue.

1) The AMA says that the financial benefits of office-based electronic medical records systems are not worth the cost to doctors.

My take: The primary reason why adoption of electric records is so low. The physician takes a tremendous financial risk for little, if any, return on investment. A poor business investment if there ever was one.

Taking the financial hit for the sake of future ...


Getting into medical school

Graham with a step by step guide.

Empathy and medical school

The hardening of idealistic students occurs during medical school.

I hypothesize empathy further vanishes during residency.

My take: Pete Stark, residents

1) Pete Stark continues his attack on the medical profession, calling specialty hospitals places for "back rubs and silk robes".

My take: Specialty hospitals deliver higher quality care with a lower complication rate and at a lower cost.

Mr. Stark's profound ignorance of medical issues is stunning and dangerous. It is frightening that a politician of his stature is so openly biased and antagonistic against physicians.


Fallout from the recent Macleans article:

"It was a shock . . . it is scapegoating females," said Vukin, a second-year medical student at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario.

The jump in female medical students to more than half of current enrolment is being pinpointed as a reason for the growing shortage of family doctors and specialists.

Commentators, including Dr. ...


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