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New Guidelines on Pelvic Exams Raise Controversy

New Guidelines on Pelvic Exams Raise Controversy | Medical Blog

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued new controversial clinical guidelines recommending against screening pelvic examinations in asymptomatic, nonpregnant, adult women. Just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the authors reviewed the evidence and decided that the harms associated with screening pelvic exams outweigh the benefits.…

The Immune System Explained: A Patient Education Video

The Immune System Explained: A Patient Education Video | Guest Blog

For Healthcare Providers:
The immune systems is an exceptionally complex system that is hard to grasp for most patients, and even many of your colleagues. Share this video with your patients to provide them with a simplified, yet quite informative, explanation of how the system works.…

Hospital CEO’s Salary—How Much More Than Docs?

Hospital CEO’s Salary—How Much More Than Docs? | Medical Blog

Does the salary of a hospital chief executive officer (CEO) have anything to do with the quality of care being provided at the facility—or even the hospital’s bottom line? Unfortunately, and surprisingly, there isn’t a clear answer to that.

Healthcare CEOs can shape the priorities and performance of their organizations, having an impact that can reverberate to the many crevices of healthcare.…

Expelling a Med Student for Unprofessional Behavior?

Expelling a Med Student for Unprofessional Behavior? | Guest Blog

"Professionalism" is difficult to define, especially when trying to do so in a courtroom.

Is Your iPad Really a “Mobile Germ Warehouse”?

Is Your iPad Really a “Mobile Germ Warehouse”? | Guest Blog

As I have written before, there is a veritable cottage industry of papers identifying bacterial contamination of nearly every inanimate object you can think of.

One of the latest involves contamination of the surfaces of electronic devices and in particular, iPads.…

The UK 48-hour Trainee Work Week Is a Sham

The UK 48-hour Trainee Work Week Is a Sham | Guest Blog

Trainees can work only 48 hours per week, but it's averaged over 6 months—6 months!

1 in 20 Americans Are Misdiagnosed Every Year

1 in 20 Americans Are Misdiagnosed Every Year | Guest Blog

Really? The diagnoses that were missed and the implications of the misses were not described.

Is it Possible to Live a Full Life as a Surgeon‏?

Is it Possible to Live a Full Life as a Surgeon‏? | Guest Blog

A fourth-year medical student asked me that question. I never even considered what impact my choice as a surgeon would have on my personal life.

Interventional Nephrologists — What Specialty is Next?

Interventional Nephrologists — What Specialty is Next? | Guest Blog

Why should pathologists have to wait until someone brings them a specimen? They are already familiar with anatomy, so why couldn't they remove colons and stomachs?

Safe Harbor for Docs  Who Follow Guidelines

Safe Harbor for Docs Who Follow Guidelines | Medical Blog

Physician leaders are supporting a new proposed federal law that aims to reduce litigation against physicians, lower healthcare costs, and establish more fairness in the analyzing of malpractice claims. The new House bill, Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act, introduced by Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and Ami Bera, MD, (D-CA) would create “safe harbor” – protection from liability – for physicians who follow best practice guidelines from malpractice suits.…

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