The Girl With Chest Pain

By Sarah Riley-Burnett, DO Her eyes were crazed and glassy when she finally opened them. She had been writhing in the gurney, gyrating her jaw with clinched teeth and breathing heavily.  When she answered questions, all her movement would stop, and she would respond in a clipped staccato formal way as though she were a … Continue reading The Girl With Chest Pain

Providing Trust AND Truth in Family Medicine

By Bob Chestnut, MD “…we are living in this strange time where trust is more important than truth.” Comedian Hasan Minhaj at the 2017 White House correspondents' dinner Most medical school graduates would likely agree that their education was mainly focused on developing medical knowledge. For the purpose of this blog post, I am referring … Continue reading Providing Trust AND Truth in Family Medicine

Can we code more consistently by using our pool?

  As a residency curriculum committee we periodically review anonymous feedback from our residents about their learning experience. This is an invaluable process that brings important perspective to those of us who can lead improvements.  In many cases, the improvements benefit not just residents, but faculty and patients too.  An example that recently highlighted this … Continue reading Can we code more consistently by using our pool?

Medication Reconciliation: It’s Not Just a List

By Karen Gunning and Katie Traylor   Across America, clinics are humming with the sounds of automated blood pressure cuffs, the beep of thermometers, and the clink of the scales. A commonly heard phrase in these clinics during the patient rooming process is: “What medications are you taking?” These five words comprise one of the … Continue reading Medication Reconciliation: It’s Not Just a List

Students are the future of health policy: Let’s start treating them like it

By Junaid Nabi, MD The media is quick to point out the important role of American Medical Association (AMA) and other professional bodies in shaping the future of health policy in the United States. While these organizations have a certain responsibility, it is becoming increasing clear that medical and public health students will shape the … Continue reading Students are the future of health policy: Let’s start treating them like it

Patient Centered vs. Patient Dictated Care

This article was originally published at Physicians Practice. Kyle Bradford Jones, MD Patient-centered care (PCC) seems to be a popular buzzword among policymakers and administrators in recent years. Indeed, many physicians see our health care system as payer-centric, many patients see it as physician-centric, and no one seems to see it as patient-centric. While putting … Continue reading Patient Centered vs. Patient Dictated Care