CME Activities (view all)

By: Anna Lembke, MD

CME: Examining Medicare Prescribing of Painkillers

According to published data, there has been a 10-fold increase in the misuse of opioid painkillers in the United States over the past 2 decades. Questions remain,

By: Douglas A.E. White, MD

CME: A Program to Rapidly Test for Hepatitis C

An ED screening and diagnostic testing program found a high prevalence of hepatitis C. Results suggest that continued efforts are needed to develop and evaluate policies for

By: Sean D. Pokorney, MD, MBA

CME: Defibrillator Use After Myocardial Infarction in Older Adults

According to current estimates, more than 350,000 people experience sudden cardiac death in the United States each year. Patients with low ejection fraction (EF) are at risk

By: Ganesh Raghu, MD, FACP, FCCP

CME: Guidance on Treating Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

In 2011, the American Thoracic Society, the European Respiratory Society, the Japanese Respiratory Society, and the Latin American Thoracic Association published an evidence-based guideline on the diagnosis

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Doctor Curmudgeon® Coming to a hospital near you…SOON

This is a scary scenario. Please grab some wine or chocolate or whatever you need, before reading this. It really can happen, even in my lifetime. I

By: Linda Girgis, MD

When the Patient Visit Gets Dangerous

Recently, a man with severe autism was in the office for follow-up. While speaking with him and his caretaker, the patient came up behind me and put


The Elements of Doctor-Patient Privilege

There are some societal goals that are considered so important that the law gives them extra protection.  The ability of a penitent person to confess to a


DOCTOR CURMUDGEON®: How to Drive Your Doctor Nuts

SCENES: As usual in some exam room, happening all over the land, all the time and causing stress, hair loss, anxiety, irritability and other things in physicians…

Recent Features (view all)

By: Corey B. Simon, DPT, PhD

Electrical Stimulation for Back Pain

Chronic low back pain is a highly prevalent and disabling musculoskeletal pain condition, especially among older adults. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a treatment option for

By: Robert N. Jamison, PhD

An Opioid Therapy Compliance Checklist

The steady increase in use of prescription opioids in the United States over the past decade has been a key contributor to the sky-rocketing incidence of abuse

By: Matt Petersen

Diabetes Prevalence & Trends: An Update

This Physician’s Weekly feature updating the prevalence of diabetes and associated trends was completed in cooperation with the experts at the American Diabetes Association. According to recent

By: Camille Broadwater-Hollifield, PhD, MPH

Reimbursement Knowledge Among ED Physicians

According to previous research, physicians acknowledge that it is important to be aware of the costs associated with care they provide to ensure the delivery of high-quality