Physicians have been reduced to overpaid dairy farm labor

I can tell you why there is a high burnout rate in the medical profession, but to do so, I have to explain why there isn’t one for small private practices. When I was finishing up medical school, I went to see a general practitioner. Now, this doctor h…

Our doctors are suffering from human rights violations in medicine

An excerpt from Human Rights Violations in Medicine: A-to-Z Action Guide. From sex trafficking to censorship, the range of human rights violations is immense, some more heinous than others. Abuse may be perpetrated by dictators in war-torn countries an…

How to Marie Kondo your medical practice

Back in medical school when you chose a residency, you probably thought you had to do most everything that came with your chosen specialty. Then in residency, they for sure made you do every last part of your specialty (and more!). Now you’re out…

6 lessons this physician learned from his father

I would like to share six lessons that I learned from my dad. Parents have a big responsibility in bringing up the next generation. Our kids learn from watching what we do more than hearing what we say. So doing what’s right pays dividends with our kid…

Why MIPS is a useless mental exercise

Every day I receive all kinds of emails and other ads telling me about services offering me help to meet MIPS quality metrics. While they may be helpful, most doctors don’t see the need for such a program. It drives up costs in administering and time i…

When medical science becomes fake news

Every week there is another health pronouncement saying what is now good for you and what is going to kill you. Unfortunately, the “what” is often interchangeable — what was supposed to kill you last week is now suddenly good for you or vice vers…

A patient and a neurosurgeon tell their story

An excerpt from In Two Voices: A Patient and a Neurosurgeon Tell Their Story. Linda, the patient, writes: Years later a compassionate optometrist acknowledges my eye pain and frequent headaches. I try different lenses, various prescriptions. When they …

The Trebek effect: the benefits of well wishes

Long-time “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek announced in March that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Within days, he offered thanks to “the hundreds of thousands of people who have sent emails, texts, tweets, and cards wishing me well r…

Words of wisdom to a residency’s graduating class

To my residency class: The clock is ticking, its hands spinning around its face faster and faster until I feel dizzy and disoriented. The remainder of the academic year can be measured in days, even hours for some. The carousel is slowing down to let s…

Fasting for Ramadan and being the on-call orthopedic trauma resident

A patient groans in agony lying atop a rigid spine board, carried by paramedics into the ER, his neck in a protective collar. The paramedics shout a summary of the accident. Monitors are attached to the man, flashing and beeping the cadence of vital si…

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