Medicine is a profession of response. Physicians exist to respond to things. All day long my clinical work is sequence of responses to all kinds of things. Symptoms, signs, concerns, reactions, questions, findings on diagnostic studies. When my Epic inbox is empty I go home. There’s nothing to do. If things stop happening to children that need my input I’ll be out ... Continue Reading about Medicine is a Profession of Response
If you don't like the most basic problems faced by a specialty, you risk being miserable as a physician. Those who can't handle the background work end up in administration or taking an exit for something else. More important than the ability to embrace a specialty’s most basic problems is the ability to find joy in the process. For me, joy comes from engagement ... Continue Reading about Doctors, Joy and Background Work
I hear this a lot from young and mid-career physicians in the face of new information, “But I was trained to...” 'I was trained’ suggests knowledge and standards are static. The way things were done is the way things are done. It fuels the myth that our mentors could do no wrong and they knew everything. 'I was trained’ is a dangerous way to think. It closes us ... Continue Reading about The Danger of What Doctors Were Trained to Do
33c is thrilled to have Doximity as a sponsor this week. The ideas below, however, are shaped and written on my own. You might not have noticed it, but last week Doximity Dialer was rolled into the Doximity app making it part of the growing set of Doximity offerings for health care professionals (For a summary of what Doximity is up to, see my post last month when ... Continue Reading about Doximity Dialer Now Part of the Doximity App
33c is thrilled to have JotForm as a sponsor this week. The ideas below are shaped and written on my own. So it’s a recurrent theme in clinics everywhere. The patient shows for their appointment on time. They sit filling out forms. The doctor waits for the forms to be filled out. If the patient is accessing two different clinics in a facility, they may fill out the ... Continue Reading about JotForm – A HIPAA-compliant Solution to One of Healthcare’s Biggest Workflow Problems
In 2011 I wrote about typing as a critical physician skill. Things haven’t changed much. Voice recognition has improved but admittedly only works in certain contexts. Typing remains key. It’s the interface to the digital world. You can quibble about EHRs but the critical nature of keyboarding goes well beyond records and impacts how we connect to the world. As I ... Continue Reading about Keyboarding Doctors: Would You Hire a Doctor Who Can’t Type?