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How health care could crash the U.S. economy

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:00:09 PST

An excerpt from Flatlining:  How Healthcare Could Kill the U.S. Economy. In recent history, the U.S. economy has experienced the near catastrophic failure of two major market segments. The first was the auto industry and the second was the housing industry. While each of these reached their breaking point for different reasons, they both required […]

Physicians! 7 steps to financial freedom

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:00:46 PST

I grew up studying my physician parents. My dad, a pathologist, was a hard-working hospital employee with multiple odd jobs on the side. He always worried about whether he’d have enough for retirement, though he never really wanted to retire. My mom, a psychiatrist, is more of an entrepreneurial businesswoman. She had her own private […]

A medical resident’s guide to personal finance

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:35 PST

Let’s start with the most important part first. Your primary goal while in residency/fellowship is to become a great doctor. The kicker is that you also have to devote some time to your finances and not completely neglect them. We will outline the few financial items you should worry about while in residency. Student loans […]

Sometimes doing no harm means doing nothing

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:49 PST

A couple of years ago, I took care of a 12-month-old boy with a cough. He had been seen by three other doctors over the last two days. Initially, he was seen by his pediatrician, who told his mother that it was “just a virus” and that his symptoms would go away on their own. […]

Why America fails at psychiatric care

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:36 PST

An article released in the JAMA sites evidence that the suicide rate in America has risen by 24 percent in the last 15 years associated with a significant reduction in the numbers of psychiatric beds available. The U.S. has had a lower capacity for psychiatric patients than comparable countries in Europe for years, but between […]

Where is the research to inform policy on gun violence?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:00:15 PST

Over the 2016 Christmas weekend, 27 Chicago citizens were shot, of which, 7 were shot fatally. While studying in a Chicago medical school in 2011, I saw the effects of gun violence first. It saddens me to realize that six years later, little, if anything has changed. This past year, Chicago has reported a total […]

7 for ’17: New Year’s resolutions for health care professionals

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:00:18 PST

Yes, suggestions for improvement are coming at you from every angle.  Administrators, your patients, your colleagues, your mother, yourself.  It’s quite possible that the last thing you feel you need are resolutions.  But for those of you that are looking to make some concrete changes in 2017, here are some to consider: 1. Take care […]

A commemoration for the cadavers

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:00:16 PST

At the start of the first week of the medical school at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, students get introduced to the anatomy lab, and by the end of the week, the first dissection occurs. Students study muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and other structures on dead bodies they dissect under the instruction of Dr. […]

Overdose on news? These 6 tips will help.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00:01 PST

The drama in Syria captivates much of the world. We sit and watch horrified as innocent civilians and children suffer. The pictures coming out of the devastated city are truly heart-wrenching and the fabric that nightmares are created out of. As if to add to that unbelievable suffering, a bomb exploded in a Coptic church […]

California’s vaccine mandate is working. More states should adopt it.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:00:52 PST

On June 30, 2015, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 277 (SB277), which tightened requirements so that parents could no longer opt out of vaccinating their children if they were attending state licensed schools, daycares, and nurseries. Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), a pediatrician, sponsored the legislation, which quickly became a nationwide litmus […]

Dear Lena Dunham: Check your abortion privilege

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:51 PST

Lena Dunham is under fire because of comments she made on her Podcast Women of the Hour. The episode, entitled Choice, begins with a thoughtful discussion of choice and how pro-life is a misnomer because those who self-identify that way are just anti-choice. You can listen to the episode here. The comment that has some […]

Doctors have feelings too

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:00:01 PST

As an intern, I once cared for an elderly gentleman who came in with heart failure. In no time, we grew fond of each other. It was almost like he looked forward to my visits. He sometimes called me “sunshine.” I am not sure if he meant it in a way that meant that I […]

What pediatrician mothers want you to know

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:01 PST

As a pediatrician who has been practicing for fifteen years, the most frequent non-medical question that patients’ parents ask me is, “Doctor, do you have children of your own?” Their questions show that although they value my medical education and expertise, they want to know if I’ve had first-hand experience with the worries and difficulties […]

EMR alert fatigue: Can we learn from the aviation industry?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:00:10 PST

Anyone with a computer or smartphone is well aware of the incessant alerts that flash across the screen, often accompanied by a beep or exclamation point. The alert may be for an upcoming appointment, a reminder of an acquaintance’s birthday — or a just-announced sale at your favorite online retailer. How many of these alerts […]

How should you choose a medical specialty?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:19 PST

Many people know that an important part of medical school is choosing a specialty — the field of medicine that you plan to practice for the rest of your career. However, fewer people know just how many different factors weigh on this decision. As my classmates and I navigate through third year, I thought I […]