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.

Patient feedback: A powerful tool when used correctly

Patient satisfaction surveys and online reviews can be leveraged to enact change in health care and to help doctors improve. But like anything else, they’re a double-edged sword and shouldn’t be taken to an extreme or they may do more harm than good.

How to Work with a Recruiter to Find a Job

In your second or third year of residency or fellowship, your smartphone will suddenly start buzzing at all hours of the work day. When you answer, a hyperactive-sounding millennial will chirp at warp speed: “HiDr[yourname]! IjustwantedtoknowyouravailabilitycauseIhaveanamazingopportunity60milesfromChattanooga….”