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10 Tips to Empower Physicians in Work, Life, and Wellness

Aug 13, 2019

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...

The Pitfalls & Imperatives of Evaluating Women’s Leadership

Aug 09, 2019

Nearly 30 years ago, Sally Helgesen wrote what’s considered one of the first books on women’s leadership—“The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership”—in which she shares a number o...

Misconceptions About Misophonia (“Hatred” of Sound)

Aug 07, 2019

Misophonia is a newly termed (Jastreboff and Jastreboff 2001) disorder in which sounds cause a fight/flight/freeze reaction for sufferers. The popular press has rushed to characterize this disorder, f...

Placing PICCs for Antibiotics – Potential Undue Risks May Outweight Benefits

Aug 05, 2019

The following was originally posted by Kelly Cawcutt, MD, to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases blog. PICC placement is common practice for intravenous (...

Pharm2Exam Table: What Is Persistent MRSA Bacteremia and How Is it Treated?

Aug 02, 2019

The following was originally posted by Jasmine Riviere Marcelin, MD to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases blog.   The following is a clinical revi...

State rules surgeon whereabouts must be documented

Jul 31, 2019

Last week the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine ruled that surgeons must chart every time they enter and leave an operating room and who took over for them when they were absent. Bost...

Build thy Village

Jul 30, 2019

The month of July 2019 just breezed through. For those who started their internship/fellowship/new job, let me tell you this was a big milestone. Those who have done this before you will share that th...

Overview of a Discussion on Chronic Pain With Patients

Jul 29, 2019

According to the CDC, over 50 million Americans are currently living with some type of chronic pain. We all know the struggles of trying to manage a patient’s pain while at the same time avoiding th...

Why We Should Ban the Brain-Damaging Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

Jul 24, 2019

Dr. Omar El-Agnaf, Executive Director of Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, argues that regional governments should act swiftly to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that ca...

Gender Bias Narratives in Medicine

Jul 23, 2019

“At my interview for residency at a prestigious midwestern university hospital, the chairman asked me if my low grades in a few classes were due to “ chasing boys”. (sic) Then he said as long as...

“Doctor, What Is Your Purpose for Being Here Today?”

Jul 18, 2019

One of the first questions I am often asked by doctors and nurses when I am at a medical appointment is “What brings you here today?” or “What can I help you with today?” As a physiotherapist ...

Unusual Cases Part 2

Jul 17, 2019

Patient eel thyself A 50-year-old man presented to a Hong Kong emergency department with abdominal pain. He had signs of peritonitis on physical examination. An x-ray of the abdomen revealed the pr...

A Look at GERD-Related Infections

Jul 08, 2019

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a very prevalent disease entity that has a significantly high burden of cost to health care worldwide. Unfortunately, the pathophysiology behind GERD is very ...

Should Dogs Be Prescribed for Chronic Pain?

Jul 08, 2019

It’s estimated that 20.4% of U.S. adults have chronic pain and a further 8% have high-impact chronic pain, totaling 69.9 million people. Chronic pain can affect a person’s ability to carry out d...

Three unusual cases

Jul 01, 2019

You couldn’t do again it if you tried A 42-year-old man was stabbed in the right chest and was mildly hypotensive on arrival. A chest tube was inserted and returned 500 mL of blood. After an ul...

Top Tips For New Faculty

Jul 01, 2019

July 1 is upon us, and I find myself perusing all the #TipsForNewDocs posts on social media. There is great advice for our incoming interns to help them start off residency strong. Yet, I rarely see #...

How Focusing on Hobbies Can Make You Happier—AND a Better Doctor

Jun 25, 2019

In my job, I’m fortunate to speak with physicians every day — both about their jobs and what they do outside of work. After hearing an incredible story of adventures taken by one of our locum tene...

Who still uses a pager?

Jun 18, 2019

Seven years ago, a medical student asked me why doctors still used pagers. I blogged about the reasons pagers were favored such as excellent reception in all parts of the hospital including radiology,...

Equipment & Medication Purchasing: Physicians Are Currently a Weak Constituency

Jun 17, 2019

Many products used in the clinical environment have undesirable features, packaging, or presentation and may result in wasted effort as well as risk to clinicians and patients. However, when physician...

Nocturnal Reflux and Insomnia

Jun 12, 2019

Nocturnal reflux is an underappreciated clinical challenge that many patients with gastro-esophageal disease (GERD) face. One of the main concerns with nocturnal reflux is there is no clear protocol t...

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