Are There Social Determinants for Chronic Pain?

By admin on June 25, 2016
A few years ago, the hospital where I work started new residency programs in internal medicine and family practice. Many of the residents do rotations in anesthesiology and surgery where I have an opportunity to meet and talk with them. They are eager to learn medicine of course, but they are also interested in the perspective that many of us who have been practicing medicine for many years have to offer them. Given the opportunity to speak to a large group of early career physicians or medical students, I think I would offer the following advice. First and foremost, do not continue

Why Medicine Needs Its Stories

By admin on June 25, 2016
Match day has just passed and a new crop of medical students now know where they will be starting their clinical careers. One thing is for sure, these successful students – soon to be doctors – will need to learn the importance of flexibility and resilience as medicine is changing at a fast and furious pace. When I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 1983 (so long ago it strains the memory, but it was with Summa Cum Laude designation) we did match day at a bar in town announcing the match locations one by one in front of 250 slightly sauced p continue

How Social Media Can Invigorate Medical Conferences (and Specialties)

By admin on June 25, 2016
Over the past few months, the federal government has mobilized against what is being called “the opioid crisis” a national epidemic of fatal overdoses that in 2014 claimed more than 14,000 lives, the most ever recorded. Since most of these opioids were originally prescribed by physicians to treat pain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently finalized a guideline containing recommendations for appropriate opioid prescribing. The Food and Drug Administration will require that all opioid-containing medications be labeled with a new boxed warning about “t continue

What Healthcare Can Learn from Crossfit

By admin on June 25, 2016
From humble roots in Santa Cruz, CA, CrossFit has become a national (and now international) phenomenon with not only a viral spread of some 13,000 CrossFit “boxes” across the country, but also dozens of blogs dedicated to the movement, an army of loyal fans, and even a televised international Olympics-style games. At the same time, medicine is having to undergo a seismic shift from being solely focused on disease management to the completely new task of health creation and prevention. This new endeavor requires a different set of skills, and here are my top four things continue