Why do doctors make such lousy leaders? In this modern era of health care innovation and change, it is typically the physicians who have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future rather than taking their natural leadership role in improving health care.
Best-case scenario: removing a stethoscope from your coat or purse prior to arriving to the after-work event. Worst-case scenario: mistaking a packet of lubrication you had to carry around during patient rounds for a stick of gum while socializing at said event.
One of the unique things about surgical practice during World War II was that this was a major turning point for advances that were destined to save thousands of our wounded both back then and for years to come.
Some novelists have expressed concerns about these findings and vowed to continue using the terms "warm-hearted" and "cold-hearted" in the conventional sense, even if the scientific data contradicts this usage.
Brian Goldman makes an impassioned personal case for changing the culture of medicine by admitting errors of judgment. I think that the most important step in making that change is recognizing the relationship between physician and patient for what it really is: a partnership.
There is a macabre joke about the blindness of modern medicine's reductionistic erudition, and you have likely heard it: "The operation was a great success. Unfortunately, the patient died." That would be a whole lot funnier if it weren't so close to a perilous truth.
One of my favorite events of the season is the annual World of Children Award Gala, at which I have the profound pleasure of meeting the newest class of changemakers for children who are there to receive their World of Children Award.
The best way for the liberal arts, for colleges and universities, to create a renaissance in the twenty-first century is not to become more separate and abstruse but to become more worldly -- more cosmopolitan and real, but on our own terms.
To survive medical school one must be genuinely interested to learn, be ready to jump through hoops when necessary, and be prepared to experience the ups and downs of caring for patients with serious illness.
As tens of millions of Americans are paying off medical bills over time, the potential for damaged credit is great. Many government agencies are beginning to take notice. Unfortunately, the consumer credit reporting industry is fighting efforts for consumer protection every step of the way.
In Healthcare Hero's Handbook, Dr. Frank Gabrinhe shares with us what he has learned in his life-laboratory at the patient's beside and walks us through the fundamental understanding of what care really is.
Just as it's now easy to visit an ATM from just about any bank in almost any country and access funds stored at your local bank, it ought to be possible for any medical provider -- with your permission -- to access your medical records from anywhere.
You get a valuable sense of control over your body by understanding your body. Do this, and you can make your doctor a partner in your health care -- not your guru. It just may improve your health care, and is bound to improve your health.
Although it may be a little tricky to schedule an appointment, it is well worth the wait. To get an initial meet-and-greet exam with the nurse, one must have all standard vaccines previously administered.
In this era of global political revolution, fueled by an ongoing communications technology revolution, there is a quiet but equally profound revolution afoot in health care. It's called, simply, personalized medicine.