As Doctors, We Must Be Generous with Hope

Hope is a tricky thing. On the one hand, false hope can lead patients to opt for painful, futile treatments at the end of life. On the other, … [Read more...]

How Doctors Say Things Matters

Most physicians will be thrust into the role of patient or caregiver at some point during their careers. Unfortunately, it’s not until this occurs … [Read more...]

Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There

My newly admitted patient was at the end of a very long struggle with a devastating genetic disorder. He had been treated by some of the finest … [Read more...]

How Involving Family Members Can Improve Diagnoses

I learned a valuable lesson recently about how difficult it can be to make the correct diagnosis when you see a patient for a very short period of … [Read more...]

Never Underestimate the Power of a Physical Exam

Like most physicians, I feel extremely rushed during the course of my workday. And like the vast majority of us, the “if you didn’t document it, it … [Read more...]

Why Some Patients Lie to Doctors

Fictional TV doctor Gregory House’s favorite adage about patients was: “everybody lies.” I used to believe that this was a cynical and inaccurate … [Read more...]

Why Patient Autonomy Matters

Many of the patients that I treat have brain injuries. Whether caused by a stroke, car accident, fall, or drug overdose, their rehab course has taught … [Read more...]

Factoring Merit into Medical Prestige

Recently, I was contacted by a prestigious medical organization that was seeking expansion of its board membership. I presumed that this was a … [Read more...]

Why I Still Don’t Hate Being a Doctor

Judging from recent articles, surveys, and blog posts, the medical profession is remarkably demoralized. Typical complaints range from “feeling like a … [Read more...]

The Screening Paradox

Health screening is part of good preventive care, though over-screening can lead to increased costs, and potential patient harm. Healthcare … [Read more...]