If you spend time nosing around medical charts you’ll find that the quality of physician notes vary as much as the doctors who creates them. Even as physicians we sometimes have difficulty understanding what’s happening or where a patient is headed in their care. An informed patient begins with clean information It got me thinking of OpenNotes. This is a tremendous ... Continue Reading about Physician Notes: Access is Only as Good as the Notes Themselves
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?
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
I've long believed that LinkedIn is powerful core platform for physicians building a public presence. It offers a strong, searchable public facing profile, a blogging platform and the ability to post presentations. Mashable reports this morning that LinkedIn will roll out video capability over the coming months. "Some stories are better shown than told. Video ... Continue Reading about LinkedIn Introduces Video Creation
When candidates for the Navy SEALS enlist they go through a punishing trial involving midnight runs, sleep deprivation and carrying logs. When trainees have had enough, they are invited to ring a bell which absolves them of any further obligation. But Navy special forces operatives aren't called to go behind enemy lines to carry logs. Their training is a test for ... Continue Reading about Doctors, Training and the Test of Will