Doctor’s Voice

FIRST Trial: Patients Not Harmed When Surgical Residents Work Flexible Hours | Medical Blog

"The issue has been hotly debated, but prior to the FIRST Trial, limited data existed about what is worse for patient care—tired residents or frequent handoffs of patient information."

Turning Our Residents into Minions | Medical Blog

As doctors, we can all remember the attending doctors who struck fear in our hearts or the senior residents who turned us into their personal scut slaves. … Read More

Is Burnout Talk Causing More Burnout? | Medical Blog

"There is certainly much to be depressed about in medicine...But could it be that the more stories written about burnout and depression, the more burned out and depressed doctors become?"

Dr. MedLaw’s Tips for a Great Deposition | Medical Blog

A deposition is not to find out the facts.  That is what the medical record is for. A deposition is not a battle.  That is what the … Read More

Do Video Recordings Help or Hurt Doctors? | Medical Blog

"In the end, the recording vindicated the trauma team and confirmed their version of events. All good. But what troubled me was the rapidity with which the peer review wall was breached."

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Fighting the Dr. Oz World | Medical Blog

While I would probably earn much more money selling a magic weight loss pill or a mystical cream that vanishes wrinkles, I need to be a doctor first.

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Surgeon Convicted of Manslaughter Wins Right to Appeal | Medical Blog

"Should this conviction be overturned, it will be another blow to the "Captain of the Ship" doctrine, which assumes that a surgeon is responsible for everything that happens to his patient."

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Recertification Blues: A Useless Exam | Medical Blog

"Taking a three-hour exam every 10 years is a poor way to assess my competence as a surgeon, and given the type of questions I saw on the exam, it doesn’t even seem a good way to evaluate my basic knowledge of my craft. "

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Why Hospital Rankings are Bogus | Medical Blog

"That one hospital in New York that made Leapfrog's top hospitals list? It’s Harlem Hospital, an inner city institution with nearly all Medicaid and uninsured patients. In 2012, Consumer Reports ranked it one of the worst in the US for patient safety, readmissions, and infections. Is it really one of America's top 98 hospitals?"

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Choose to Make a Difference | Medical Blog

"We don’t need to spend days ladling out food in the soup kitchen and traveling overseas to an impoverished land. We can make a difference every single day in the everyday life that we live."

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Ending Futile Care: When it is Time to Say Goodbye | Medical Blog

"Doctors must become comfortable initiating these talks with patients and their family members. And foremost before everyone should be the patient’s wishes. Doctors like to give hope. But we are also expected to give honesty. "

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Should Doctors Wear White Coats? The Debate Continues | Medical Blog

An infectious disease fellow at the Harvard Medical School is convinced that white coats are covered in bacteria and cause infections. But in a post on a … Read More

The Ultimate Resident Evaluation | Medical Blog

Maybe we should adopt a modification of Deloitte’s system for our resident evaluations. Faculty must respond yes or no to this statement: “I would let this resident operate on me.” If the answer is “no,” why should we let that resident operate on anyone?

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Magic Words for CMS | Medical Blog

"The whole process has been turned around and is completely backwards...I will ensure the hospital gets paid appropriately. Just tell me what buzzwords are needed to placate CMS, and I’ll try to include them."

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When the Patient Visit Gets Dangerous | Medical Blog

"Patients walk into our exam rooms off the streets. They do not go through metal detectors or get asked to search their bags."

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Mass. General Hospital on the Hot Seat | Medical Blog

"At a time when surgeons are experiencing intense scrutiny regarding complications, double booking cases at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country is troubling."

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More than 35 Leading U.S. Health Organizations Launch Campaign to Improve Obesity Care | Medical Blog

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — More than 35 leading U.S. healthcare organizations have joined together to form National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), an annual campaign to advance … Read More

Baffling Deficiency of New ICD-10 Codes | Guest Blog

How is there a code for drowning and submersion due to falling or jumping from burning water-skis but not one for elevator injuries?

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Men Get Breast Cancer Too | Medical Blog

Breast cancer is not just a “women’s disease.” It affects men as well, and we should step up and treat those afflicted with more understanding and less judgment.

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Two Ways to Deal with ED "Frequent Flyers" | Guest Blog

"He returned a third time that night. When he became aware of the man's presence again, a doctor entered his cubicle and punched him in the abdomen. The patient was not injured."

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