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Secure Physician Network: Brainstorming for Cures [PODCAST]

October 14, 2014 by Janet Kennedy
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Greg Chang

Realizing the need for a secure communications network to engage their orthopedic surgeons and physicians, Duke University Medical Center developed a secure physician network to to allow intercollegiate conversations. In 2011, the platform was spun off as a med-tech startup called for[MD]. Here's our interview with Greg Chang, the co-founder.[read more]

Innovation, Primary Care Style

October 13, 2014 by David Harlow

primary care

On a recent evening at Harvard Medical School, the Primary Care Innovation Challenge and Pitch-Off brought together six finalists, primary care luminaries and trainees, and a host of hangers-on and camp followers for a couple of hours of demos and discussions.[read more]

A More Realistic Perspective on a Career in Medicine

October 11, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

Danielle Ofri, MD, often turns her pen along with her focus to the emotional complexities that accompany a career in medicine. Her book, What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine, is an honest sharing of what many healthcare professionals are often processing behind a mask of false bravado and confidence.[read more]

Which Medical Specialty Should Medical Students Choose?

October 1, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

dermatology

Many medical interns and residents don’t consider lifestyle when they are making their career choice. Obstetrics is thrilling when you are 30 years old. Fifteen years later when you are overworked, tired and have your own kids, it may be slightly less thrilling to bring new life into this peaceful world in the middle of the night on a regular basis.[read more]

Should You Trust Your Doctor's Advice?

September 17, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

Trusting a Doctor's Advice

Is your doctor a hammer and you're a nail? Here's some insider's advice coaxing patients to be more wary and skeptical of medical advice. Should you trust your doctor? Absolutely. But you need to serve as a spirited advocate for your own health or bring one with you.[read more]

Taking a Fresh Look at Disruptive Physician Conduct

September 17, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

The reason that I entitled this post “A Fresh Look at Disruptive Physician Conduct” is that I was pleased that it had been selected for presentation at a major surgical meeting. For too long, this subject has been swept under the rug.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Incremental Innovation Is Sometimes What the Doctor Needs

September 16, 2014 by David Davidovic

A lot of innovation in healthcare is incremental and progressive—and there is absolutely nothing wrong with baby steps. From time to time, we need to step back and look at bigger timeframes in which multiple relatively small, sequential innovations have taken place.[read more]

How Do Nurses Stack Up? [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 15, 2014 by Frankie Rendon

nursing by the numbers

Education plays an essential role in the development of nursing professionals. It can be viewed as one of the most strategic, and in some cases, only route towards career advancement. This infographic by Maryville University Online helps visualize the true importance of nursing in the United States.[read more]

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7 Tips to Picking the Best Nursing Program

September 7, 2014 by Phil Cohen

nurses

With all of the available nursing programs to choose from, picking just one can be a difficult decision. Chances are your decision process will be full of more questions than answers, but with these 7 tips, you can be sure to pick the best nursing program – or at least narrow your choices.[read more]

Post or Perish? Disseminating Scientific Research and the Kardashian Index

September 1, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Publish or perish has long been the mantra of academic research. While this used to be limited to peer-reviewed journals, researchers are increasingly needing to include public outreach through social media to their list of communication vehicles.[read more]

Patient Safety Lessons All Around Us

August 23, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

patient safety lessons at Telluride

As the Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp 2014 Sessions come to a close, we are buoyed by our ever-expanding network of young and enthusiastic health care providers in-training, turning patient safety into a creative science. Colin Flood, an attendee, recently posted the following reminder that patient safety lessons exist all around us.[read more]

Better Health IT: Is Sending Docs to Tech School the Answer?

August 17, 2014 by Bill Crounse

health IT

I’m all for education and career improvement. I’m just not sure that the best way to improve Health IT is to get more physicians trained in IT so they can move into IT roles. Goodness knows the time and education required to become, and continue to perform as, a really good clinician is demanding enough.[read more]