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Tuesday Jun 20, 2017

Putting Patients at the Center of My 'Clinic of the Future'

Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., wanted more than just a bigger space for his new clinic. He wanted it to help patients feel more comfortable and more engaged.

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Thursday Jun 08, 2017

Crackdown on Undocumented Immigrants Poses Broad Health Risks

Increased enforcement of immigration laws is affecting the health of undocumented immigrants and may have unintended consequences for others, too.

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Monday Jun 05, 2017

Stay Kind, Stay Connected, Stay Well: Advice for New Residents

As first-year family medicine residents prepare to start their new programs, our new physician bloggers offer the benefit of their experience.

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Tuesday May 30, 2017

I Referred My Patients to Subspecialists; So Why Did They See NPs?

Barriers abound when rural patients are referred to subspecialty care. Kimberly Becher, M.D., says a new trend is making it even more challenging. 

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Monday May 22, 2017

It's Complicated: What We Wish Legislators Knew About Health Care

Health care truly is complicated. We asked our new physician bloggers what policymakers need to understand if they're going to help create a better system. 

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Tuesday May 16, 2017

Disease Outbreak Shows What -- and Why -- We Can Learn From Mistakes

When physicians failed to follow the principles of evidence-based medicine, it exacerbated a pertussis outbreak in Kentucky. Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that doctors must learn from such mistakes.

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Monday May 08, 2017

I Filled My Prescription Against Burnout at the Gym

Getting in tune with your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being is key to treating burnout. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., writes that she did all three at her local gym. 

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Tuesday May 02, 2017

I'm Invited to a Patient's Wedding; Should I Save the Date?

How would you respond to a patient's invitation to a social event? Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines the conflict family physicians face when deciding the right thing to do.

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Thursday Apr 20, 2017

Speaking Same Language Doesn't Guarantee Being on Same Page

Differences in dialects mean that even when physicians and patients share a common language, barriers to clear communication may still exist.

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Monday Apr 17, 2017

Twins Multiply Challenges -- and Rewards -- of Breastfeeding

Beth Oller, M.D., shares her insights from one of the hardest things she's ever done: breastfeeding twins.

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Tuesday Apr 11, 2017

FPs Can Lead in Treating Transgender Patients With Dignity

Transgender patients need protection from discrimination in health care. Family physicians can help ensure they receive it.

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Tuesday Apr 04, 2017

Sorry, I'm Too Busy for Your Busy Work

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that physicians are spending too much time defending their inboxes against busy work from payers and pharmacies.

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Monday Mar 27, 2017

What to Do When Experienced Colleague Is Wrong? Speak Up

Young physicians often defer to more experienced colleagues when there are differing opinions. The problem, Peter Rippey, M.D., writes is that sometimes the more experienced physician is wrong.

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Wednesday Mar 22, 2017

AHCA Won't Help Patients Who Need It Most

We asked our new physician bloggers how the American Health Care Act would affect their patients. Most said the legislation would hurt the poor, the elderly and the disabled.

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Tuesday Mar 14, 2017

Mastering the Art of Communication Takes Compassion

Whether delivering a difficult diagnosis or bridging actual language barriers, Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes that clear communication is critical to patient care.

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