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Medical Fiction: Madison and The Big Wish

Sep 24, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, an...

In Conspiracy We Trust

Sep 21, 2021

There are increasing calls to discipline or de-credential doctors who are spreading anti-vaccine, anti-mask, and other pandemic misinformation. While statistics show that 96% of US physicians are vacc...

Justifying a Budget for Physician Wellness

Sep 20, 2021

Discussions of physician or healthcare provider wellness are often narrowly focused on personal resilience. However, physician wellness is directly correlated to patient quality and safety. In this co...

Medical Fiction: Peter and The Nuts of Death

Sep 17, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, an...

Photographing Patients

Sep 10, 2021

Doctors began photographing patients as soon as cameras were invented. For over a century, there really were no limits on that. Doctors owned the pictures and could use them as they wished. Over th...

Medical Fiction: Neville, Diamonds on the Soles of His Feet

Sep 10, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, an...

Three Reasons Your Worst Patient Survey Fears May Be True

Sep 07, 2021

Many patient and staff surveys are so deeply flawed that they only provide the impression of usefulness, while actually being misleading and hiding the value of what respondents have shared. There are...

Medical Fiction: Vinay & The Gap

Sep 03, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, an...

Nursing: Profession of Care, or Emotional Powder Keg?

Sep 02, 2021

The danger that healthcare faces from 293,436 nurses considering leaving the profession due to burnout, pales in comparison to female nurses being twice as likely to attempt to commit suicide than the...

Financial Tips for Physicians Starting Their Careers

Aug 31, 2021

Completing your residency is a monumental accomplishment for aspiring physicians. After years of education and training, you can finally embark on your career to improve lives. Putting your knowledge ...

COVID Follies: Tales from the Pandemic

Aug 30, 2021

In the last few months I have written about a woman speaking before a school board in Tennessee and claiming that masks decrease the amount of oxygen to the brain and a family practitioner who testifi...

Medical Fiction: Frank and the Door

Aug 27, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, an...

5 Signs it’s Time to Look for a New Job

Aug 23, 2021

I’ve spent my entire career in healthcare staffing, including the last 5 years as the president of a locum tenens agency. For me, the most rewarding part is helping people find the right job fit for...

Medical Fiction: Inattentive Tim

Aug 23, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, an...

Underlying Principles of Payment During COVID

Aug 23, 2021

The COVID-19 crisis has put many practices under great stress as far as payments as patients lose insurance coverage or cannot cover bills. However, it is essential to remember that the underlying pri...

Rural America Needs Physicians

Aug 23, 2021

Having spent much of my professional life working in staffing locum tenens doctors and traveling nurses, I have seen the struggle administrators have filling positions in rural communities. I’ve als...

Tips To Prepare for a Malpractice Deposition

Aug 22, 2021

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 trial is for. A deposition is a job interview.  You are bei...

Physicians Balancing Work, Life, and Wellness

Aug 21, 2021

We are professional healers. We take care of people’s problems all day, every day. It is an honor and a privilege. However, our profession of caring takes its toll on us. It's not easy. Compassion f...

Top Tips For New Faculty

Aug 20, 2021

There is great advice for our incoming interns to help them start off residency strong. Yet, I rarely see #TipsForNewFaculty posts. The transition from trainee to faculty is often just as large of a j...

What You Need to Know About the Interactions of Obesity & COVID-19

Aug 20, 2021

Even as we continue to grapple with the pandemic’s massive challenges, it’s clear that the healthcare industry has been transformed in a number of significant ways by COVID-19. Some of these c...

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