An iPhone Jury-Rigged as a Microscope →
Researchers detected eggs of intestinal worms in stool samples with about 70 percent accuracy using an iPhone with an $8 lens attached.
The Cancer of Optimism →
Unrelenting optimism can be more harmful to patients than disease.
The Impossible Workload for Doctors in Training
“Two years after the 16-hour mandate was established, studies on the outcomes are being published, and the results reveal one thing. Maybe we should have thought a little harder about the arithmetic. Contrary to expectations, these studies have shown that interns have not been getting significantly more sleep. Moreover, they are not happier, nor are they studying more. In one national...
New Social Media Guidelines Issued for Physicians
A new social media policy urges doctors to “pause before posting” and to not “friend” patients online. The position paper, issued by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Federation of State Medical Boards, was released at ACP Internal Medicine 2013 in San Francisco, California, and was simultaneously published online April 11 in the Annals of Internal...
Negril Jamaican Restaurant - Coram, NY →
diagnosisdelicious: Yelp ROTD #8! Yay!
There are certain people in your life that no matter how long you go without talking, you pick up where you left off. No matter how many miles apart, the distance never changes a thing. So grateful for wonderful friends.
Happy Doctors' Day!
Happy Doctors’ Day! Pretty cool to be officially celebrating this holiday for the first time!
Adolescents who develop resilience in the face of middle school failures develop...– Jessica and Tim Lahey, How Middle School Failures Lead to Medical School Success
All he said after my surgery was, “Honey, you did great. I removed the...– Said by one of my patients when asked about whether she still had ovaries after hysterectomy 40 years ago. What a horrible thing to say to someone. I am glad that medicine and the treatment of female patients has changed dramatically, or so I hope.
We do not “clock” the number of minutes as attorneys do when we talk with...– Matthew Moeller, MD, on Kevinmd.com, Dear lawmakers: This is what it’s like to be a doctor today
17 weeks left
I realized yesterday that there’s just 17 weeks left of intern year. July 1 seems like a lifetime ago and now conversations among interns are beginning to revolve around the nervous excitement of becoming a senior resident. With the match around the corner, we will all soon find out which interns will be filling our slots on our first rotations. And you start to wonder to yourself what kind of...
The fine line between compassion and detachment →
My post on on kevinmd.com today. Please feel free to share and comment!!! Thanks!
A reminder, March is Colon Cancer awareness month!
I can’t tell if my patient is in pain or just hates American idol.– One IM resident to another
'Tis the season for interviews →
A little late in posting for those in the interviewing process but still relevant for some…. Plus there’s always next year! My latest entry for Medscape’s Beyond the Classroom blog.
Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about...
I’m no vegan, but I do love quinoa. But ethically, we should be aware poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain, due to western demand raising prices. The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it. Imported junk food...
Increased Globulin Gap And Nineteen Other Golden... →
Internist are called fleas. I didn’t know this. Great article with sound advice from the Happy Hospitalist!
Second Opinion: The Hospitalist's Wingman
Dear Hospitalist, This is just a note to say that we in emergency medicine appreciate you. Like all of us, you are stuck in an endless loop of unending residency. Don’t worry; it isn’t an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” It’s just your life. No, it’s our life!Specialty after specialty withdraws from the practice of medicine, and you, and all of us, are left holding the...
Life skills you should master by age 40 →
My favorite: How Not To Embarrass Yourself At Karaoke “Warm up all day. Start by counting aloud when you wake. Later, laugh out loud; we laugh higher than we talk, so you’ll be activating your upper register. Lubricate your voice, especially if you’re nervous (stress can dry out your vocal cords). Half an hour before you sing, eat a little bread soaked in olive oil. ...
Why rating your doctor is bad for your health →
“THE MATH IS NOW SIMPLE FOR DOCTORS: More tests and stronger drugs equal more satisfied patients, and more satisfied patients equal more pay. The biggest loser: the patient, who may not receive appropriate care.”
"I am Adam Lanza's mother" →
I keep getting really sad when I see the news or read any stories about the shootings in CT. But as much as I think we need better gun control, it is clear that there also needs to be dramatic changes in how we deal with mental illness and access to services.
ACA Will Require 3% More Primary Care Physicians... →
It’s a great time to go into primary care!
Yelp ROTD #6 →
Yay for Stone Soupe!