Walking out of the ICU: Dr. X, Patient Safety, and the Battle Between Coronavirus Common Sense and the Hospital Bottom Line

As American hospitals struggle to admit waves of coughing, feverish patients to medical wards and intensive care units, physicians are finding themselves at war with the competing interests of other hospital employees.

Did Daenerys Targaryen have PTSD?

The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, “The Bells”, featured a neat victory — thrown completely awry when Queen Daenerys incinerated huge swaths of already-surrendered King’s Landing. This led to heartbreaking choices viewers saw in the finale, when those who loved the queen most had to act in the best interests of those she had not already killed.

Use of ICIs for Advanced Melanoma in Taiwanese Patients

Though yielding slightly inconclusive results, a new study demonstrates that ICIs can still provide an alternative option for Taiwanese melanoma patients seeking a robust response profile with tolerable toxicity.

A Toxic Legacy

The devastating Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks deeply affected American economic stability, personal safety and sociocultural divides, but the staggering health effects are only now being discovered and addressed. First responders, office workers and local residents were exposed to harmful building materials like asbestos, benzene, dioxin, lead and glass fibers among many other irritants and toxins that have led to alarming diagnoses.

Why Medical School Should Start at Age 28

American medicine is at a crossroads as doctors begin to reject a cruel, exhausting educational model and a minefield-ridden practice landscape. Hands wring over the worsening physician shortage, yet little happens to ease physicians’ administrative workloads or student loan burdens.

This piece is the second most-viewed opinion article ever on STAT.

Positive feedback: a missing prescription for improving medicine

** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 10** Dr. Sara Weisenberger shares a laugh with Tiffany Jones of Jackson as her five-week old daughter Cailyn naps during a checkup at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, Miss., Friday, April 8, 2011. Speaking for the state pediatricians’ group, Weisenberger outlined several scenarios in which MississippiCAN’s prescription policies interrupted a patient’s regimen. The group also notes Magnolia, UnitedHealthcare and the state Medicaid program all have different lists for approved prescription drugs, and that MississippiCAN fails to give doctors enough choices in prescriptions the program will cover. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Positive feedback from patients often doesn’t get to the other person that matters — a physician’s supervisor. Read what I learned from a business-style leadership seminar that is missing in the medical profession.

Put Down That MPH Application: How to Reapply to Medical School the Right Way

Unsuccessful medical school applicants face a quandary. What to do next?

A popular option has been the master’s degree in public health. Students figured it was a way to spend a year doing something “health-related.” They could take off for medical school interviews, maybe write a paper or two. But the MPH is too easy a route. It is not enough. Here is what the MPH telegraphs: “I sat down for a year in easy to moderate difficulty classes and passed. I have a broad overview of public health.”

The U.S. underfunds medical residency programs, so local efforts are trying to fill the doctor gap

Hundreds of medical residents train in their specialties in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, but since the closure of the Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, the spigot of fresh physicians who knew that area’s patients well stopped. The county-run hospital had been in Willowbrook, near Compton and Watts. The U.S. military sent their teams to the hospital for gunshot wound training. Still, it was shut down in 2007 due to too many episodes of poor patient care and chronic mismanagement.