Did medical school desensitize doctors to debt?
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Did medical school desensitize doctors to debt?

The high-pitched wail of the pneumatic saw cutting through the tibia, and the little bits of tissue the blade flung onto the surgeon’s gown were not enough to get to me the first time I saw a surgery, during my senior year in high school. It was the smell. Sliding …

Medical workers: Vaccinate yourselves first
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Medical workers: Vaccinate yourselves first

Just under half of health care workers do not get their annual flu vaccine. Some of these workers contract the flu and unknowingly transfer it to their sick hospitalized patients, and in some cases, because of them passing the flu along, those patients die.   We know the most important reason …

Surprise! Doctors spend more time with computers than with patients
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Surprise! Doctors spend more time with computers than with patients

Medical appointments are getting shorter by the year. Sometimes it feels like doctors have no time to spend with their patients. What’s to blame for these brief clinical interactions? It could be the electronic health record, or EHR. Because of changes in how insurance companies and the government pay for …

A first-time case in a 35-year medical career
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A first-time case in a 35-year medical career

A couple of years ago I saw a young man with pain in his lower right abdomen. I sent him for an urgent CT scan with a “wet read” to check for appendicitis. It was afternoon, and things were crazy at the office. I forgot all about the pending CT …

What Doctors Should Ignore
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What Doctors Should Ignore

Sickle cell anemia was first described in 1910 and was quickly labeled a “black” disease. At a time when many people were preoccupied with an imagined racial hierarchy, with whites on top, the disease was cited as evidence that people of African descent were inferior. But what of white people …

Do Doctors Forget What They Learn In Medical School?
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Do Doctors Forget What They Learn In Medical School?

Do doctors forget most of what they learned in medical school? originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Mitul Mehta, MD, Vitreoretinal (eye) Surgeon at UC Irvine, on Quora: It depends on the individual and what field they are in. I think it is …

One Doctor gave Fake Cancer Diagnosis - Gets his Karma in Prison
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One Doctor gave Fake Cancer Diagnosis – Gets his Karma in Prison

You are supposed to be able to trust your doctor. They literally hold your life in their hands whenever you go in to see them. But sometimes doctors can be just as crooked as your local drug dealer posted up on the corner. Take the case of Dr. Farid Fata …

WHY DOCTORS STAY SILENT ABOUT MISTAKES THEIR COLLEAGUES MAKE?
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WHY DOCTORS STAY SILENT ABOUT MISTAKES THEIR COLLEAGUES MAKE?

Telling a patient about another doctor’s medical error can mean losing business or suffering retribution. Now, some physicians are looking for ways to break the code of silence. Patients don’t always know when their doctor has made a medical error. But other doctors do. A few years ago I called …

Is there ever a right time for a doctor to have a baby?
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Is there ever a right time for a doctor to have a baby?

When is the right time to have a baby? This question plagues professional women across industries. It takes on more significant importance for women training as physicians. Medical training is long and coincides with a woman’s late 20s, often stretching into her 30s. Waiting to have children until completing training …