The future of the doctor’s visit is the topic of innumerable conference lectures, policy forecasts, and venture capital meetings. Will we all go to community clinics under single-payer health care? Will doctors’ offices shut down as on-demand house calls prosper? Will IBM Watson figure out what that pink mole is? Continue reading Could a freshly designed patient experience revolutionize the doctor’s visit?
I had just finished telling a physician colleague that I was volunteering on the team of a documentary about physician suicide. I told her that at least 400 U.S. doctors die every year in this way, that many of them are shockingly young, and the epidemic knows no international boundaries. Continue reading Why aren’t we talking more about physician suicides?
Depending on whom you ask, mobile phones and other portable electronic devices are either the single most important technological innovation of our lifetimes or dangerous, radiation-emitting devices that pose a major risk to public health in the long term. Continue reading Cellphones and Hidden Radiation: Is There Evidence of Harm?
1. She has slept for 3 hours in the last 48. 2. On his first day of residency, a vindictive doctor sent him on an errand to a nonexistent department just to watch him suffer. On … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why A Young Doctor Will Die By Suicide
One of the saddest outcomes of the Republican moves against the Affordable Care act was that revelation that many ACA enrollees didn’t know Obamacare was the same thing. Patients tweeted things like “Down with Obamacare! I’m on an Affordable Care Act plan!” The same patients may well have voted for the current president and for anti-ACA Republicans, not realizing that they themselves would lose their health insurance. How did this branding mishap happen, in a world where everyone knows that Luxottica makes every single pair of machine-made sunglasses in the country and Lancome mascara comes from the L’Oreal people? The … Continue reading Obamacare, Louis Vuitton, and a Crisis of Marketing
In medical training, there were very few students or residents who intended to go into geriatrics, a subspecialty of medicine involving the care of older patients and an extra one-year fellowship after an internal medicine or family medicine residency. Future geriatricians got significant side-eye from their peers and superiors. Continue reading Here’s why geriatrics really shouldn’t be a medical specialty
Aaron Zaks, a family medicine intern (first-year resident) at Shasta Community Health Center in Redding, CA, did not set out to practice medicine on the Sacramento River, deep in the shadow of the Cascades foothills where Chinook salmon spawn. Continue reading Accidentally Rural