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

Health Buzz: Democrat, Republican Doctors Don’t Treat Patients Differently at End of Life

Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. rarely see eye-to-eye across a spectrum of issues, and that’s only become more true since the 2016 election. But according to new research published in the BMJ, physicians don’t let partisan politics get in … Continue reading Health Buzz: Democrat, Republican Doctors Don’t Treat Patients Differently at End of Life

The Big Sick: Best Film To Tell The Truth About Having a Sick Loved One

The Big Sick, the film comedian Kumail Nanjiani delivered with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, did not win Best Original Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards. That honor went to the searing and timely Get Out, and rightfully so, given the award is meant for stories that spring from the mind fully-formed, like the goddess Athena. The Big Sick is a more dramatic retelling of real life — Gordon’s battle with adult Still’s disease (also known as the scariest thing I saw in medical residency) — and Nanjiani’s awkward bonding with her parents — difficult enough without the object of your affection in a coma. But the film deserves … Continue reading The Big Sick: Best Film To Tell The Truth About Having a Sick Loved One

Can Google save doctors and patients from the misery of electronic medical records?

Google is a company that likes to simplify tasks that used to be much bigger hassles, like reading maps, sharing documents, and finding old emails. Now, recognizing that health systems have not exactly jumped to help doctors with soul-crushing levels of daily data entry, Google wants to use speech recognition to help doctors get patient histories and plans into the electronic health record, or EHR. Continue reading Can Google save doctors and patients from the misery of electronic medical records?

How to Find a Financial Advisor (And Why You Need One)

Financial advisors and wealth managers are not just for rich people or for investing in llama futures and bitcoin loan sharks. Health professionals have complicated financial lives. Huge debts, job search expenses, salary negotiations, moving costs, nanny salaries, high rents and mortgages near the medical center, wedding expenses, and even unforeseen costs like car accidents can make investing and saving for retirement seem decades away, but a wise planner can be a great resource while a veterinarian or anesthesiologist concentrates on her practice. Good financial planners excel at calming their clients down, getting clients sorted out with insurance policies (that … Continue reading How to Find a Financial Advisor (And Why You Need One)

The Only Five Criteria to Consider When Choosing A Medical School

Hospital cafeteria food. Malignancy or benign-ness. Patient population seen in the third and fourth years. A medical school interview provides a fusillade of data points to consider, and an applicant can feel overwhelmed. But what criteria actually matter in the long run? Doctors can debate this question endlessly, but here, in no particular order, are the five criteria I believe to be essential considerations when making this all-important decision. Continue reading The Only Five Criteria to Consider When Choosing A Medical School