Would you let a radiologist do your brain surgery? Would you pick a dermatologist to do your open-heart surgery? So why then do so many patients who get stem cell treatments have such low expectations for the doctors that do their stem cell treatments?
There are no painless solutions. Every dollar cut in healthcare means something else goes away. The key is to cut wisely while not disproportionately reducing the very activities distinguishing American medicine.
As this is the season for spanking-new physician trainees to flood hospitals around the U.S., I decided to chronicle my own very first 24 hours as a doctor so the reader can get a better insight into this annual event.