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It’s time to advocate for our patients to politicians

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:39 PDT

As a physician, I often forget how much I know.  But there are things that remind me just how different our own experience as doctors is from those who don’t spend their days and nights taking care of the ill. I do a lot of work for television, helping writers and directors to create medically […]

The Med School Commandments (A Hamilton Parody)

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:00:49 PDT

Here are the top 10 things medical students want in a medical school. Thank you Jamie Katuna! Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.

Where should babies sleep? A pediatrician responds.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:00:39 PDT

A new study about the best place for babies to sleep — in their own rooms, or sharing a room with their parents — contradicts current AAP guidelines. But hopefully, in the long run, it will help more parents and babies get a better night’s sleep overall. The most recent “safe sleep” guidelines were published […]

To solve the overmedication problem, follow the physiatrists

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:00:43 PDT

Medical school prepares physicians to prescribe medications for prevention and treatment of disease, but little to no time is spent teaching something just as important: de-prescribing. In our current system of auto-refills, e-prescriptions, and mindless “checkbox” EMR medication reconciliation, patients may continue taking medications years after their original prescriber intended them to stop. There is […]

There is no place for blame in cancer

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:00:01 PDT

I recently read a post by oncologist Dr. Stephanie Graff on the experience of blame, from self and others, that people with cancer are subjected to: The talk about risk factors and early detection makes us think we can achieve perfection, and that cancer is somehow a personal fault … let us stop making accusations and blaming […]

What the Better Care Reconciliation Act says about America

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:05:37 PDT

The Senate version of the Republican health care bill lays bare the priorities of America’s current political leadership. It is not pretty. The new bill demonstrates the Republicans’ entirely unbalanced view of government and fiscal policy, where monetary value trumps all other values, and where only the wealthy are worthy of a helping hand. These […]

Social media humanizes the medical profession

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:00:32 PDT

Social media is a powerful way to change the public perception of the medical profession. A KevinMD keynote video excerpt.  Please visit my physician keynote speaking page to find out more. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.

Summertime is no fun when you are hungry

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:00:45 PDT

School’s out! This time of year is met with great expectation in children all over the country. However, another unwelcomed guest, hunger, comes along with the summer break. Over 30 million children qualify for the National School Lunch Program which provides free or low-cost meals to children daily during the school year. When classes are […]

How to fix the EHR mess we’re in

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:00:03 PDT

Computers, more specifically, electronic health records (EHRs), will someday revolutionize the practice of medicine. In fact, successful computerization of medical care is the most critical step necessary to transform the American health care system from its current sorry state to the 21st-century system of our dreams. It is ironic, then, that today EHRs represent one […]

How to respond to physician burnout in a colleague

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:00:10 PDT

Two hours of administrative tasks for every hour with patients. A proliferation of non-physician administrators deciding how the day is going to run. Little in our training about how to cope with uncertainty and change. It’s no surprise that burnout rates are approaching 60 percent. Despite being so common, when we see a colleague struggling […]

Toward the stars: On humility and pain in medicine

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:00:19 PDT

Your brain is a three-pound hunk of biological tissue. And though it’s nothing more than a conglomeration of specialized cells, it generates the taste of cheesecake, the ecstasy of enchantment, and the misery of suffering. Amazing, right? I certainly think so, though I find myself among a shrinking minority. Whereas the eyes of our medical […]

The striking parallels between doctors and journalists

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:00:07 PDT

Once during my TV news days, I was feeling pretty good about myself during a three-hour drive to the Mayo Clinic. “I am so glad I don’t practice!” I crowed to my photographer. “Practicing physicians are so sad. They’ve lost their income, their autonomy, and the public’s respect.” My photographer didn’t miss a beat. “Yeah,” […]

Doctors should fight fake health news at the checkout aisle

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:00:24 PDT

I see them every time I wait in the inescapably long lines at the grocery store. They’re offering me so much. Fat-melting foods that “work like gastric bypass.” Sleep masks that prevent breast cancer. One day diets. And, of course, the perennial “medical miracles.” All these revelations can be mine with a simple magazine purchase. […]

The ACP leads the charge against the Better Care Reconciliation Act

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:00:53 PDT

President Trump told a group of Republican Senators that the House-based American Health Care Act is “mean” — and on this he surely called it right! How else would one describe a bill that would take health insurance away from 23 million people, allow states to waive rules requiring insurers to cover people with preexisting conditions at […]

How to maintain a sense of accomplishment as a physician

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:00:14 PDT

In my last year of training, I came to realize the difference between doctors who felt successful and those who didn’t. From the beginning, I had always been hard on myself. I always thought about the decisions I made for every patient in detail, played them over and over in my head, and wondered what […]