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68% of Physicians Unsatisfied with Affordable Care Act

The mean average grade the Affordable Care Act received by nearly 2,700 physicians in a recent survey was a "D."

What Happens When a Doctor Is Paged

You've been paged at home. You respond immediately but are placed on hold. Indefinitely. Has this happened to you?



What is Professionalism?

I think character judgments are strongly related to medical education, but how are medical schools and residency programs supposed to teach professionalism and assess whether their trainees possess it, if it is so ill-defined?

Attack of The Scribes

The emergence of the electronic medical record (EMR) has spawned a new occupation—the scribe.

A scribe is someone who accompanies a physician and documents the interchange between the doctor and patient. This enables the doctor to focus on the patient instead of wasting time navigating through the EMR, which has become a tool for hospital finance departments instead of a way for doctors to communicate.…

Antibiotics for Appendicitis? I’m Still Not Convinced

What if nonoperative management of appendicitis leads to sepsis? What do you suppose a lawyer would say?

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