This sounds like a crazy question. But it really isn’t. What does a doctor do? What's my job with my patients. What is a doctor's role? Some of what I do is transactional. Simple stuff with clear end-points. Some of it involves critical conversations and deeper kinds of thinking, planning, and translating. Breaking my job down into different roles I got to ... Continue Reading about What is a Doctor’s Role?
Continuous Glucose Monitoring and the Clinical Landscape
Continuous glucose monitoring is gaining traction in the management of type 2 diabetes. And with that primary care doctors are picking up the role of helping patients manage their diabetes. Katie Palmer of StatNews tells the story here. The piece on continuous glucose monitoring highlights a couple of emerging issues in clinical care: Health professionals are ... Continue Reading about Continuous Glucose Monitoring and the Clinical Landscape
What Makes Doctors Dispensable?
There’s a lot of anxiety among doctors about things like artificial intelligence and automation. You don’t have to look very far to find stories and discussions about doctors being replaced. So should we be concerned? Are doctors dispensable? Here’s an idea: If what you do as a physician is easy, maybe you should be nervous. Because… Rote transactional care ... Continue Reading about What Makes Doctors Dispensable?
Advice for Medical Graduates That We Least Expect
Every year that physicians have used social media, we’ve been talking about the July start for new doctors. And every year we offer our advice for medical graduates. Each year new grads echo their cries of reservation. And each year we stand by telling them that everything is going to be okay. Tips and tricks for surviving the unsurvivable are almost too numerous ... Continue Reading about Advice for Medical Graduates That We Least Expect
Will the Final Rule Change How Doctors Document?
I've been wondering: Will the 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule change how doctors document? Recently Skeptical Scalpel (surgeon, writer and senior member of the Twitter intelligentsia) shared the experience of a family member who was worried about her cervical MRI report: My 38 year old non-medical daughter just got the results of her cervical spine MRI online. ... Continue Reading about Will the Final Rule Change How Doctors Document?
The Problem with Predicting Physician Supply and Demand
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released a report, The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2018 to 2033, predicting a substantial future shortfall of physicians. The AAMC represents medical schools and teaching hospitals and offers services to its member institutions including medical education data. Trying to ... Continue Reading about The Problem with Predicting Physician Supply and Demand