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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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Monday Mar 06, 2017

Primary Care Needs a Raise -- All of Us

Family physicians and the rest of the primary care team deserve better compensation. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that investing more money in primary care would benefit not only physicians, but also their patients, staff and communities.

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Friday Feb 24, 2017

I'm Standing Up for Direct Primary Care

Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., knows legislators won't significantly improve our health care system on their own. Success requires persistent grassroots advocacy, and family physicians need to be a part of that.

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Tuesday Feb 21, 2017

Out of Control: What I Learned From 36 Hours in Labor

Physicians like to be in control in health care settings, but Beth Oller, M.D., says doctors -- like all patients -- relinquish much control when they are admitted to a hospital.

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Wednesday Feb 15, 2017

Why Do We Adopt Evidence-based Data at a Snail's Pace?

It takes nearly two decades for the U.S. health care system to adopt new evidence-based findings. Kyle Jones, M.D., ponders the problem.

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Monday Feb 06, 2017

Patients Have Plenty to Teach a New Attending Physician

After undergraduate school, medical school and residency, new physician Luis Garcia, M.D., says he still can learn a lot from his patients.

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Friday Jan 27, 2017

Trusted Relationship Allows Patients to Confide Horrors of Abuse

Detecting abuse can be difficult. Venis Wilder, M.D., writes that continuity of care and a level of trust can help patients share their painful stories.

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Monday Jan 23, 2017

After Hitting the Wall, How Do I Bounce Back?

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that just three years out of residency she already is experiencing symptoms of burnout, but she has some ideas about how new physicians can cope.

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Monday Jan 16, 2017

Don't Throw Away Your Shot to Make the World Better

What can physicians learn from a Broadway musical? Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that Hamilton provides some important lessons about language and being willing to take a stand.

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Tuesday Jan 10, 2017

Why Do Women Docs Get Better Results (and Lower Payment)?

A recent study found that female physicians achieved better outcomes than men. We asked married practice partners Beth Oller, M.D., and Mike Oller, M.D., for their thoughts on gender and medicine.

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Tuesday Jan 03, 2017

Can Increased Awareness Trump Cyberbullies?

Melania Trump has pledged to combat cyberbullying as the nation's first lady. Natasha Bhuyan writes that this important issue demands increased awareness.

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Tuesday Dec 20, 2016

Can a Sense of Gratitude Make You Happier?

Stressed out? Melissa Hemphill, M.D., writes that keeping a record of the things that bring you joy could make you healthier and happier.

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Monday Dec 12, 2016

Power of Diagnosis: Delivering Bad News Is Just the Beginning

Telling patients they have HIV infection is hard. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., writes that helping patients understand they can live life with a serious illness can be even more difficult.

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Friday Dec 02, 2016

Gallows Humor Is No Laughing Matter

Does physicians' use of so-called gallows humor impact patient care and/or physician burnout? Kyle Jones, M.D., writes that it just might.

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Monday Nov 28, 2016

Ensuring Appropriate Care When Views of Physician, Patient Collide

Patients often forget that physicians are people with their own beliefs, and ethical dilemmas can arise when these beliefs conflict with a patient's medical needs and wishes. Kimberly Becher, M.D., considers how to preserve both the dignity of physicians as well as appropriate care for patients when that occurs.

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