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Many physicians spend early retirement in a state of shock. Are there really that many hours in the day? Restlessness and boredom set in quickly. You haven’t spent so much time with your significant other since…. ever. That may be an awakening. Income may not stretch as far as expected, or unforeseen obligations arise. There may be a yearning, still, to make a difference.Read more
Current medical culture has evolved over thousands of years. It dictates how we treat each other and ourselves. It’s an insidious culture of self-neglect, unspoken hierarchies, jousting, and undervalued humanity.
As physicians, we are expected to establish rapport and trust with our patients while enmeshed in medical culture. Our “values, norms, and practices” are to care for patients as we would our own family members. The success we’re striving for is to have best possible outcome for all of our patients.
But our goals and culture are antagonistic; good patient outcomes will occur despite medical culture, not because of it.
The following are just five ways medical culture undermines the efforts to establish a successful doctor-patient relationship.Read more
A veteran emergency physician shares his insights into some lesser explored aspects of choosing a great physician job. Topics covered include job shadowing, evaluating physician density, advantages smaller job markets, contract review, and revealing questions to ask during interviews.Read more
By using tools and techniques such as SBAR and making changes to hospital communication culture providers can improve communication skills to deliver safer and better patient care.Read more
When it comes to downtime, healthcare practitioners typically worry more about their patients than themselves. Suggesting a patient take some time to recover and recharge may be standard; but healthcare workers rarely take their own advice.Read more
According to Medscape’s annual Physician Compensation Report, overall physician compensation has been increasing despite the changing political and economic healthcare environment.Read more
Having difficult patient encounters is often part of the job when you work in healthcare. Whether it’s helping a grieving family member or defusing an angry patient, your finesse in dealing with these challenging encounters makes a difference in the lives of the people you care for.Read more
The medical school interview is a time to not only discuss the strengths of your application, but also to address and explain any potential weaknesses. A modest amount of preparation, along with a positive attitude, is all the prospective medical school applicant needs to succeed during the interview process and eventually secure a seat in medical school.Read more
The road to medical school is a long and rewarding journey that prepares you for residency and the process of becoming a physician. It is only one part of the journey, but it is the important beginning of the marathon.Read more
It is important to craft a CV that will catch the eye of a potential employer. You want to end up with a document that highlights what makes you special without giving readers a novel to read or leaving them confused about who you really are.Read more