My daughter was sick this weekend with a terrible stomach virus requiring Zofran (anti-vomiting medication). Under normal circumstances I would call in the prescription into save our pediatrician a Sunday morning wake-up call. Our state medical board, however, is coming down on doctors who prescribe medications without proper documentation (i.e., what every ... Continue Reading about Doctor, Don’t Heal Thy Kids
I don’t think doctors should be socially anonymous. We need to be seen. Here’s why going underground isn’t good policy for physicians: Anonymity makes you say stupid things. When you’re shouting from the crowd it’s easy to talk smack. Come up to the podium, clear your throat and say something intelligent. You’re a physician, not a hooligan. It’s 2010 – ... Continue Reading about Doctors Shouldn’t be Socially Anonymous
I had lunch with a group of physicians recently and along for the ride was a college student thinking of applying to medical school. When talking about the future I suggested that the work of a physician 30 years from now will be hardly recognizable to today’s physician. Everybody disagreed and the student was confused. There was a lot of denial and myopic ... Continue Reading about Is the Medical Profession Devolving?
The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media yesterday announced an Advisory Board made up of some of the most forward thinking members of the social health community. Now the idea of doctors never crossed my mind until I noticed this in the Twitter stream from Dr. Ves Dimov. It got me thinking: Does the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media really need physician ... Continue Reading about Mayo’s Center for Social Media – Does it Need Physician Advisors?
Many times when faced with a clinical dilemma a parent will turn to me and ask, “What would you do if this were your child?” When faced with this question I never quite know what to say. And each time I feel a little on-the-spot. But why is that? Aren’t I comfortable recommending for someone else exactly what I would do for my own child? After all, what have I ... Continue Reading about What Would You Do if This Were Your Child?
I recently got into a discussion with a couple friends about doctors and blogging. Why don’t we more doctors out there? Of the hundreds of thousands of doctors I’d expect more taking a voice. Even during the U.S. health care reform debate. Crickets. Of course there are doctors who blog, but the numbers are slim. What’s behind it? Passion. Pushing great ... Continue Reading about Why Few Doctors Blog