And there was a $500 bid on it.

Medical school in Cuba

Some US citizens are going to medical school there. For free.

More doctors are leaving their fields for cosmetic medicine. Blame Medicare and third-party reimbursement for this:

Five years ago, cosmetic medicine was primarily the domain of plastic surgeons, facial surgeons and dermatologists "” medical school graduates who undergo several years of training in facial skin and its underlying anatomy. But now obstetricians, family practitioners and emergency room physicians are gravitating to the beauty business, lured by lucrative cosmetic ...

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Behind the Libby Zion case

The landmark malpractice case that led to regulation of medical residents' hours. Sad to say, the situation described in 1984 could have easily happened when I was a medicine intern in 1999. My very first rotation, a week out of medical school, was the night float intern. One week, I was a 4th year medical student. The next, I was cross-covering 60 patients overnight. ...

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With an average debt in excess of $100,000, I'm sure this is a dream for every medical student.

This observation isn't new. But with the way that primary care is treated, I don't expect anything to change soon:

Reviewing a Dartmouth Medical School study that found higher mortality rates in areas that spent the most on Medicare, professor Elliott Fisher concluded that "perhaps a third of medical spending is now devoted to services that don't appear to improve health or the quality of care "” and ...

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You only can squeeze down reimbursement so far:

Here's what one physician wrote to me about her efforts to stay afloat last year: "We pinched pennies. We cut back. We let go of employees. We cut back our benefits plans. We did all that we could to save money. And all the while, working like a dog, staying here until 7 at night, doing surgery one day a week ...

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Is this affecting the diversity of the physician work force? These authors seem to think so:

More than 1,000 students from three Minnesota medical schools were surveyed and minority students were found to have a lower sense of personal accomplishment and quality of life than their nonminority peers. They were more likely than nonminority students to have experienced a personal illness in the past year and to have ...

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"I am not a perfect physician"

Bad outcomes sometimes do happen. To prevent his, the patient has to bear some responsibility:

This news just in: I am not a perfect physician. I thought I was, but I am not. When I take care of patients I sometimes make mistakes, do the wrong thing, forget to do the right thing, or don't do everything I should.

You can tell me I'm a bad physician, make ...

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#1 Dinosaur says no, and gives a pep talk.

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