By Jeffrey Trull on November 23, 2015
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the average amount of medical school debt was $176,000 in 2014.
Combined with increasing costs and declines in physician reimbursements, this means that paying for medical school is harder and more costly than ever. With just six percent interest, doctors are charged nearly $60,000 over a decade in interest payments alone. Recently, Student Loan Hero, a startup focused on helping people tackle this problem, shared with us their first student loan repayment guide. The information seemed resonant and applicable, so we asked one of their writers, Jeffry Trull, to put together a crib sheet. Here’s what they shared. Below are four key tips to help doctors pay off your debt as quickly and efficiently as possible. Read more…
By Natalie Wilcox on November 18, 2015
It was 11:30 on a Wednesday night when my resident and I heard the creak of the door to the workroom. We swiveled around in our chairs to see a nervous-looking nurse slide into the room. “Um, room twelve is having a problem.”
Overnight call is a time to be prepared for anything: from new admissions to sending people to the ICU to dealing with nightmares and temper tantrums on the pediatrics floor. Seeing the nurse’s anxiety, we braced ourselves for the worst as she began sharing her story. Read more…
By The Doctor Blog Editors on November 13, 2015
To any physician, the fact that patients aren’t always entirely honest about their health concerns will come as no surprise. Health issues are tremendously personal, and we all know how challenging they can be to discuss. Yet the more detailed and accurate the doctor-patient relationship becomes, the better equipped both parties are for success. Read more…
By Jordan Grumet, MD on November 5, 2015
He squeezed into the elevator just as the door was closing. There was a lightness about him, an excitement. His jacket was newly pressed and uncomfortably free of nicks or stains. He stood at attention with perfect posture. There was no sign that working at this early hour on a Sunday morning, nor even being awake, was something out of the ordinary. Extraordinary.
He glanced over at my tattered lab jacket without trying to seem obvious. I’d like to think that it was the gray color (as opposed to his white) that gave me away as an attending physician. More likely it was the telltale signs of aging that I have been doing my best not to notice. I slumped against the back wall and waited for the doors to open. My eyes flickered and closed for a moment, but opened quickly. Read more…
By Howard Luks, MD on October 30, 2015
Robert was the picture of health. He had run eight marathons and finished countless 5K and 10K races. He tracked everything from sleep to food intake, logging his exercise parameters religiously.
A seven minute mile was a routine workout for Robert. But over the course of a few days, he noticed that he felt more winded during his run. One morning, when he awoke and checked his heart rate variability (HRV), it revealed a unusual drop. His VO2 max had also fallen considerably. So Robert sent an email to his physician, sharing his data and concerns. His doctor was also a runner, and loved when his patients armed him with data that enabled him to treat them. Read more…
By Patrick Neustatter, MD on October 28, 2015
According to the Hastings Center, the renowned bioethics research institution, “death is an inevitable aspect of the human condition,” but “dying badly is not.” Yet with our ongoing progress and inventiveness, we have complicated this statement. We can maintain a spark of life in even the most debilitated patient, often prioritizing quantity of life at the expense of quality.
If you are like me, you have not infrequently stood at the bedside of an elderly patient with a hopeless prognosis –sedated, ventilated, a tube of some kind in every orifice – wondering how we got here. Read more…
By Kevin Campbell, MD on October 22, 2015
Thank goodness we made it to October! Finally ICD-10 codes have arrived, and we all have a new coding system in place for our patients and their medical problems. Now that I’m able to code for an orca bite or (God forbid) an accident due to a patient’s water skis catching on fire, I know that I will be able to provide much better care.
The use of ICD-10 is now mandated by the Federal government for hospitals and healthcare providers all across the US. Originally designed by the WHO as a way to track worldwide disease and collect health and wellness statistics, the ICD coding system was intended to be a way to identify and target certain diseases and injuries. The hope was that by tracking disease, specific interventions could be made in order to improve outcomes in areas where a particular health risk was present. Read more…
By Melissa Byington on October 20, 2015
As a locum tenens staffer, I’ve been helping doctors find temporary jobs for almost 20 years. Throughout my career, I’ve found that while most physicians understand that a locum tenens doctor is someone who’s filling in for someone else, they often don’t know a lot about many of the most common motives behind working these temporary assignments. To explain what I mean, I’ve divided this post into three life stages, and broken down some of the reasons for choosing locums within each. Read more…
By Paul Curry, MD on October 14, 2015
Pulse oximetry is an invaluable technology in surgical suites, post-anesthesia care units, and critical care units, where patients have a high risk for sudden, life-threatening airway loss. People treated in those settings are usually heavily sedated or fully anesthetized, and they are often on mechanical ventilators. As a result, a threshold breach of 90 percent oxygen saturation that triggers an alarm has proven useful, particularly because professionals trained in advanced airway management are always nearby to respond. Read more…
By Jane Sarasohn-Kahn on October 8, 2015
Earlier this week, hundreds of digital health innovators, thought-leaders, and enthusiasts convened in Silicon Valley for Health 2.0’s ninth fall conference. Consumer-facing digital health has long been the fastest-growing category of products and services at the event, and a wide range of compelling companies were on hand to demonstrate the various flavors of the New Retail Health. Read more…