Staying on top of emerging medicine is vital for providing the best care to patients and has multiple benefits for physicians. For patients, the benefits are obvious. Medical knowledge is constantly changing, and frequently, practices that were once considered “best practice” are now overturned by new clinical trials. For physicians, those who keep actively learning…

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If you’ve been attending conferences and reading journals lately, you already know that there’s a lot of buzz about improving diagnosis in health care. In fact, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) most recent installment in the Quality Chasm series is “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care.” Although data on misdiagnosis is fairly sparse, the best estimate…

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doctors in operation room icds

When implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) were first approved by the FDA in 1985, the recipient needed to have survived not one, but two cardiac arrests.  The initial population receiving ICDs was obviously very small.  Although the chances of surviving cardiac arrests has greatly increased over the last few decades, thanks to greater public training in…

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Administrative Overlaod

The life of healthcare professionals has become more and more challenging every day. New rollouts of EHRs, changing guidelines and ongoing administrative tasks are now occupying physicians’ time. With less time focused on treating patients, burnout is becoming more common. The growing number of administrative tasks are causing burnout for almost half of physicians. Around  1…

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Physician Learning Styles

In my experience, people teaching physicians feel very strongly about learning styles – they either see them as really important or a bunch of nonsense. I believe the theory is actually well-grounded – the problem is the application. For example, at my kids’ school, they have them take a learning assessment and then they tell…

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Doctors Talking

If you feel like you learn more having conversations in the hallway with your peers than you do from CME, you’re probably right. Our current system is more about checking a box than providing meaningful learning experiences. The ordeal I went through with my daughter showed me firsthand the failure of our post-graduate medical education system. I…

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