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Second to Nothing
“I initially thought if I just focused on the medical part – their specific diagnosis and treatment plan – that is all people really wanted.”— Kaushal Kulkarni, MD Of course, patients want a...
Better Than The Purple Pill
"Everytime I step into a doctor's office my IQ drops 50 points." —Anonymous When it comes to talking with patients about their diagnosis, how much of the information do you think actually gets...
A Fracture of Inconvenience
To be a doctor means you have to touch the patient -- no matter what. That’s what we do. Even if what we are looking at is dirty, ugly, gory or just plain benign looking, it is what we do...or...
Suffering From Unnecessary Test Requests?
Q: “I think I might be suffering from unnecessary test requests?” A: Quite a common feeling out there at the moment. Managing patients requesting unnecessary tests has to be one of the toughest...
My Patients Think I Don’t Listen. Seriously?
Q: Not sure if it’s our EHR, the 26th patient of the day, or all the interruptions I contend with, but my patient feedback indicates they don’t think I am listening to them. If anyone has ideas...
Your Guess Is As Good As Mine: Managing A Patient Without A Diagnosis
Q: I’m an Internist, and I’ve been practicing for more than 16 years. A recent case prompted me to take a closer look at how we manage patients when we don’t yet know their diagnosis. Any guiding...
Close To The Heart
"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire." — Ferdinand Foch Spend a few minutes with Wendy Woods-Swafford MD., M.P.H., and you quickly sense just how deep her commitment runs...
Thanks Eddie. How One Colleague Made Me A Better Doctor
In 1991, for the first rotation of my last year in medical school, I took a sub-internship in Cardiology at the Palo Alto VA. The pathology there was legion and a beacon for young doctors seeking...
Finding Greatness in his Profession - One Patient at a Time
One of the first things Nick Fustino, MD, said to us was, “The first time I heard the term ‘patient satisfaction,’ I thought wait a minute…I have to cure cancer and make patients happy while I do...
No Hugs Required: Real Empathy in the Exam Room
Jill Kruse, MD, doesn't see empathy as another thing to do, but as an essential ingredient for good medicine. Sure, many studies have shown that empathy is directly related to patient...
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