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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Answer: The way they are taught is out of date.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...

Serial Con Artist OB/GYN awaits trial

Oct 15, 2020

Written by Physician's Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel Board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist Javaid Perwaiz is facing over 60 federal charges including 33 counts of making false statements re...

Comparison of Outcomes of Antibiotic Drugs and Appendectomy (CODA) Trial: What you need to know

Oct 05, 2020

Written by Physician's Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel The short-term results of the CODA trial have just been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This study of over 1500 patients r...

A Swedish Physician Reacts to Sweden's COVID-19 Response

Sep 23, 2020

As I got up to leave the conference room, I was nauseated. I was on an international meeting for neurosurgeons when a case was presented by my colleagues from the Netherlands of a 4-year-old who had s...

Part II: Avoiding Liability in Telemedicine: HIPAA & Informed Consent

Sep 20, 2020

That you are a responsible covered entity under HIPAA and a fiduciary for the privacy of your patients’ PHI do not decrease with telemedicine. In fact, it is a setting in which you want to be very c...

Unusual Cases Part 7: Growing Hair...and a Guidewire

Sep 14, 2020

Written by Physician’s Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel   I Can’t Stomach This One An elderly man with a long history of a left inguinal hernia had several months of upper abdominal...

Legacy of the Plague

Sep 08, 2020

“Blessings for all you do.” “You Rock!” They arose from the grass on the median strip and stood there, beautifully askew in summer’s early morning mist; dozens of them. Created by loca...

A COVID Love Note from a Mother Physician

Sep 02, 2020

The following was originally posted at becomebraveenough.com.   The media right now is reporting the division of "sides" people are taking when it comes to the pandemic. Political agenda...

What Is the Optimal Dosing of Daptomycin for VRE Bacteremia?

Sep 02, 2020

The following was originally posted by Jasmine Marcelin, MD, to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division Infectious Diseases blog.   This month’s #PharmToExamTable questi...

Non-Physician Hospital CEO Cut after Participating in Surgery

Aug 31, 2020

Last week on Twitter I asked this question: The 130 (2.5%) of 5,213 respondents who said they would allow a CEO to make a skin incision highlight the unscientific nature of Twitter polls. Restr...

Diversity in Medicine: An Innovative Approach to Resident Physician Recruitment

Aug 18, 2020

Welcome to a new blog by Philomena Asante, MD, MPH, that will highlight a healthcare institution, medical educational program, or professional medical organization striving to promote diversity, equit...