Indiana physicians! I'm excited to announce that two speakers from Physician Speaking by KevinMD, Drs. Lynette Charity and Nicole Swiner, will be conducting a day-long physician wellness workshop at the Indiana State Medical Association's 2019 Annual Convention. Entitled, Building Your Wellness Toolkit, this two-session workshop is led by two of the ...

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According to a recent Harvard report, physician burnout is “a public health crisis that urgently demands action.” Half of all doctors report troubling symptoms: depression, exhaustion, dissatisfaction, and a sense of failure. These physicians are twice as likely to commit a serious medical error, research finds. Experts predict that if left unaddressed, burnout will further erode the mental health of doctors and radically undermine patient care. At ...

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Every year, there's this rite of passage, the passing of the baton, as our graduating senior residents move on to fellowships, or into spots as hospitalists, or to practice jobs here in New York City or other cities, and a fresh new group of newly-minted physicians arrives ready to take up the gauntlet of training as Internal Medicine doctors under our ...

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Family physicians and others have for years complained about ridiculous quality measures such as the meaningless use program, HEDIS, MACRA, etc. To its credit, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality was willing to take a step back and ask, “What does high quality look like?” Researchers led by Rebecca Etz, PhD were funded to go out and ask a variety of stakeholders their answers to this question. ...

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It’s a widely held belief that eventually all living human doctors will be replaced by robots. Some say as soon as 2035. I say, “Why wait? Replace me now!” If the idea of a robot diagnosing and treating — and examining — you and your loved ones seems objectionable, please reconsider. There are actually several advantages of robots over so-called “human” doctors: Doctors are prone to burnout. If a robot burns out, just replace ...

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So, who doesn't want a better health care system? We are barraged with stories in the medical literature and in the public press about the terrible state of our health care system, what poor outcomes we have, the inefficiencies in care, complaints about the electronic medical record, inflated costs, lives ruined by medical bankruptcy, and massive social inequities in terms of access ...

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I was struck by the difference between my care and that of the rest of the system as I cared for a patient recently. She was complaining of a strange pulsating noise in her ear that had started a few weeks before. We chatted for a while, as I asked about any sinus symptoms: If she’d ever had anything else going on like this, what other significant symptoms she was ...

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It wasn’t even nine o’clock when the screen on my laptop suddenly froze. From that moment until my last patient left the building, my clinic had no internet. For my part, the day went pretty smoothly, mostly because of some of my own work habits. It also helped that it was a warm, sunny day, and my schedule was on the light side. Others have frowned at my old-fashioned work habits, ...

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I’m a doctor. And, like most medical professionals, I’m a bad patient. Two years after my last appointment, I got a CTJ, “Come to Jesus” from my doctor. I called his office for a form. I needed proof that I don’t have tertiary syphilis. For my Thai visa. Why tertiary syphilis, as opposed to HIV, cholera, lepers or bubonic plague? I don’t know. That’s the power of bureaucracies. They don’t have to make sense. ...

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A few months ago, I realized it was time to have a conversation with my tweenage son that I had been dreading. It wasn’t where babies come from. It wasn’t about death or illness or substance abuse. My son, always sensitive and inquisitive, was sitting next to me Googling random things. Then he Googled his dad, and my heart stopped.  Because I knew the next search would probably be me. I haven’t Googled my name ...

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