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Medical Fiction: Herb Tardive and the Salad Queen

Aug 05, 2022

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, and...

Metrics & Benchmarking Data Offer Insight into Productivity

Jul 29, 2022

Part of ensuring smooth and profitable workflow involves consistently examining the overall “health" of a medical practice. Healthcare industry solutions generator Medical Group Management Associ...

From the Physician Editor-in-Chief: Why Diversity & Inclusion Are Needed in Medicine

Jul 28, 2022

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the authors equate teaching future doctors about “diversity, equity, and inclusion competencies” to “political re-education” and “wokeness.” They c...

The One-Step Program to Success in Medicine

Jul 27, 2022

We have all heard the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” Thinking about these quotes, ...

Obesity: One Disease, Many Solutions

Jul 25, 2022

Obesity is a complex disease with a web of interlocking causes that are unique to each patient, including genetics, nutrition, hormones, medication, environment and sleep. Unfortunately, the frequency...

Medical Fiction: Dr. Horace Ogilvy and the Iron Thighs

Jul 15, 2022

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, and...

Medical Fiction: Bill and Trig and the Fentanyl Trap

Jul 08, 2022

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, and...

Low Starting Salaries Affect Female Physicians’ Future Earnings

Jul 07, 2022

Although women comprise 50% of first-year medical school students in the US and about 33% of practicing physicians, they earn considerably less money than men. Discrepancies in pay between wome...

Medical Fiction: Gus and the Salty Souvenirs

Jul 06, 2022

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, and...

From the Physician Editor-in-Chief: What’s With HMOs’ Statin Obsession?

Jun 29, 2022

As a primary care doctor, I am contracted with several HMO insurance companies. As we all know, they like to do a thing called quality metrics monitoring and incentives. While striving for quality in ...

Medical Fiction: Wally and Leo the Enforcer

Jun 24, 2022

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, and...

Dr. MedLaw: Restrictive Covenant

Jun 22, 2022

Q: All the employed doctors at my hospital, even those who were not up for contract renewal, just got a new contract that includes a 1-year, 10-mile non-compete clause. The letter that came along with...

Medical Fiction: Dr. Jimothy Trebaux and Francis the Bruiser

Jun 17, 2022

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, and...

Clearing Up Pediatric Drowning Misunderstandings

Jun 17, 2022

How to help families enjoy summer swimming without excessive fear or concern.   As the weather warms up and kids run to the pools, drownings are a significant concern among pediatrician...

Lessons Learned in a Year of Leadership Training

Jun 15, 2022

The following was originally posted on February 6 by Kelly Cawcutt, MD, to her personal blog at paragonfire.com.   Oh how COVID-19 has changed everything, right? Even if ...

Dr. MedLaw: EMTALA Violation

Jun 15, 2022

Q: I am on an ad hoc committee at my hospital looking into an EMTALA problem that we are trying to head off. We are a very small facility and the ER only offers limited services. There are two orthope...

Medical Fiction: Dr. Bryan Martino and the Huge Skeleton

Jun 10, 2022

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, and...

Growing Number of New Physicians Seeking Work-Life Balance

Jun 09, 2022

A growing number of new physicians are focused on finding positions in which they can achieve a suitable work-life balance. National physician recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins surveyed final-year me...

Dr. MedLaw: Service Dog

Jun 09, 2022

Q: I own a small medical building in which my office is located. The problem is that one tenant, a speech therapist, gets frequent social visits from her son, who brings his dog, and the dog urinated ...

Sparking Positive Dialogue in Women & Men With Obesity

Jun 06, 2022

While obesity is a chronic, complex disease that can affect anyone, it impacts men and women differently. Although the proportion of men and women with excess weight is about equal, the severity is di...