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Medical Fiction: Petra and Josh, and the Rocketman

Feb 16, 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, and would appe...

The Blue Faery “Love Your Liver” Public Awareness Campaign

Feb 08, 2021

The purpose of the “Love Your Liver!” (#LoveYourLiver) campaign is to educate the public and at-risk populations about liver disease and thereby help to prevent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). By ...

Medical Fiction: Ruth & the Stochastic Murder

Feb 08, 2021

The following is the first of a collection of short 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 h...

Training on deceased patients’ bodies without consent

Feb 04, 2021

By Physician’s Weekly Blogger, Skeptical Scalpel In the summer of 2018, Bradley Ginn Sr. died in an ambulance while being taken to a hospital in Bellingham, Washington. The fire department ambula...

Hepatocellular Carcinoma: The Viral Pathways for the 4th Leading Cancer-Related Cause of Death

Feb 03, 2021

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fourth highest cause of cancer-related death worldwide, and incidence in the US has tripled in the last four decades. Chronic viral hepatitis is the leading pathw...

What Does That Even Mean: Decoding the Corporate Lingo in Healthcare Job Descriptions

Jan 29, 2021

A foundational barrier to job seekers and staff is the often impenetrable thicket of jargon used to describe vacancies and positions. These often lead to missed opportunities, confusions, and disappoi...

The alarming frequency of errors in medical records

Jan 18, 2021

By Physician's Weekly Blogger, Skeptical Scalpel My comments are in italics. Over the course of my 45 or so years in the business, I have noticed many patient charts contain errors. I’ve never...

Critical but Little-Known Facts About the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jan 12, 2021

New information is published almost daily about the coronavirus pandemic. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been many thousands of articles and commentaries published ...

Proven Strategies to Counter COVID-Induced Physician Burnout

Jan 07, 2021

Physician burnout is a serious problem with serious consequences; it is associated with increased risk of depression, impaired quality of life, substance abuse, and suicide. Not surprisingly, in a rec...

I am Vaccine-Hesitant & Think Pharma Companies Might Be Crooks, but I Will Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Jan 06, 2021

Injections are nasty, but the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the risks, no matter how you slice it.   I don’t like injections. Never have, never will. I see in...

Jury Awards $400,000 in “Wrongful Prolongation of Life” Lawsuit

Jan 05, 2021

Written by Physician's Weekly Blogger, Skeptical Scalpel   The estate of Rodney Knoepfle successfully sued a Montana hospital for not honoring his wish to be treated as “Do Not Resuscitat...

Mystery Story of New Coronavirus Variants

Dec 22, 2020

“SARS-CoV-2 is getting all these strange mutations. Should I be worried that the vaccine may not work?” The simple answer: most likely not! Here is how it works: All of us might have ha...

Questions: Office Mask Mandates

Dec 21, 2020

Last month we looked at the laws about mask mandates. This month we will look at some questions about how a mandate that you set up in your own office can play out as a practical matter. Before ...

What Can Be Done about Doctors Who Spread Misinformation?

Dec 15, 2020

Especially in a pandemic.   By Physician’s Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel The Oregon Medical Board suspended the license of family practitioner Steven Latulippe for what it called “...

Patient Nonadherence with ER Follow-Up & On-Call Obligations

Dec 06, 2020

I take ER calls as a plastic surgeon. The ER doctor performs the primary repair on cases for which they determine don’t warrant calling me and tells the patients to see me for follow-up. If the pati...

The Program to Launch Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Success: A Comprehensive URM Faculty Retention Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine

Dec 05, 2020

The following is the second installment of the recently launched “Diversity in Medicine” blog by Philomena Asante, MD, MPH, that will highlight a healthcare institution, medical educational progra...

Dangerous pitfalls of database research

Dec 02, 2020

By Physician’s Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel Two papers using the same data about the same topic were published in the same surgical journal one month apart. They came up with completely oppo...

A COVID Love Note from a Mother Physician

Nov 19, 2020

The media is reporting the division of “sides” people are taking when it comes to the pandemic. Political agendas are pervasive and infiltrate people’s thoughts around COVID-19. As a physician, ...

Question: What do math and medicine have in common?

Nov 19, 2020

Answer: The way they are taught is out of date. By Physician's Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel A guy named Steven Levitt is tired of helping his teenagers with their quadratic equations an...

Half of med school graduates beginning surgical residency feel unprepared

Nov 09, 2020

Written by Physician's Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel A survey of 3693 first and second-year surgical residents found that 1775 (48.1%) said medical school did not adequately prepare them for th...

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