I hear this occasionally on Twitter: “My doctor gave me his cell phone number so I can call him whenever I have a problem.” Occasionally I hear from physicians that they give their cell phone number to their patients. While some practice situations necessitate this (rural, solo practice or concierge) in other circumstances I don’t think this is fully thought ... Continue Reading about Should Physicians Give Their Cell Phone Number to Patients?
If you think Twitter has devolved into a buttoned-down forum for predictable professional posturing, check out Ilooklikeasurgeon. This and other communities of female physician voices on Twitter are shaping a new image of the physician. Ilooklikeasurgeon The original meme that went global, #Ilooklikeasurgeon put a spotlight on the the way real (female) surgeons ... Continue Reading about Twitter’s Continuum of Female Physician Voices: ILookLikeaSurgeon, GirlMedTwitter, and MotherCutter
A friend had asked me to see one of her neighbors. A young child with some elimination issues, the family had been to a couple of other doctors with no success. A fairly routine problem that needed the right evaluation and a consistent approach, it was sorted out in 2-3 visits. When I ran into my friend a month later, I was met with hugs and thanks for ... Continue Reading about Do Your Patients Think You’re an Amazing Doctor?
This brief essay from the British Medical Journal is worth thinking about. Here’s the quote about overutilization that pulled me in: There is a hidden curriculum in medicine that encourages trainees to do extensive workups to demonstrate their knowledge and curiosity. As a resident I rotated through one consult service where I was encouraged to strive for 10 ... Continue Reading about Overutilization and Clinical Exhibitionism
A JAMA article this week proposes the a new specialty, the medical virtualist. But the suggestion that the virtual connection of doctors and patients will be restricted enough to be a medical specialty is shortsighted. The medium does not define the doctor Because the medium doesn’t define the doctor. In fact, it should be the other way around. Communication ... Continue Reading about Medical Virtualist – A Specialty with a Tenuous Future
I get this sometimes from patients on their first visit: We came to you because you’re the best. But every doctor gets this from time to time. Some doctors believe they truly are the best doctor. But let’s get something straight. I consider myself a solid clinician with good skills and work habits. I also work directly with some 40 pediatric gastroenterologists ... Continue Reading about We Heard You Were the Best Doctor