I recently filled in for a colleague who couldn’t make it to clinic. Families were given the option to reschedule but most were fine seeing me, the new doctor. Some of these children had seen my colleague for years. And few knew what it was like to talk to someone different about their child’s chronic bowel disease. It was kind of a big deal. What were ... Continue Reading about When Patients See a New Doctor
You don’t have to spend too much time on Twitter to find ideas about what people think medical students need to know. From health economics and climate change to value-based care and informatics, it seems there’s no shortage of new competencies. And every person with a new suggestion about what doctors need to master believes their idea would be transformative. ... Continue Reading about What Medical Students Need to Know – The Zero-Sum Curriculum
Last week on Twitter I watched a surgeon ask if it was okay to say that he loved to operate. But as a surgeon do you really need someone's permission to love surgery? A bizarre question on one level. Understandable in the context of online culture. So how have we reached a point where a surgeon can’t express that his chosen work is something he ... Continue Reading about Do You Need Permission to Love Surgery?
This week Ernest Quintana, a 78-year-old man with lung disease, was told by a doctor on a telemedicine encounter that he did not have long to live. Caught on phone video the family took to the media where it has triggered a national conversation about conversations. Here are 3 takeaways from this case: Hold critical conversations in person When possible. Critical ... Continue Reading about Lessons From a Botched Telemedicine Encounter
It was only a matter of time before we saw the appearance of an Epic parody account. Check out EpicParodyEMR on Twitter. More importantly, check out how it gets shared. It’s short format red meat for angry doctors. Parody accounts tell a bigger story about physicians than any documentary or long-form New York Times article. Online culture has created a million ... Continue Reading about Epic Parody
Recently I’ve been getting salty Twitter remarks about my ‘sympathetic views’ toward non-MD health care providers. These comments against advanced practitioners come from physicians working to take back the night and restore medicine to its rightful hierarchy. One confronted me with the absurd question: Are you willing to turn all of your family’s care over to ... Continue Reading about Against Advanced Practitioners – Medicine’s Social Pushback