A group of physicians showing what a doctor wears to work each day.

What Doctors Wear and Why?

  Each year on March 30, we celebrate National Doctors’ Day. We give thanks to the physicians who have impacted and improved our health and our lives. With COVID-19 affecting the world, healthcare workers are pulling long hours in risky health environments. We are more than thankful to them for their bravery and sacrifice. Our […]

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Physician using a combination of medical terminology and simple language to speak to a patient.

Medical Terminology vs. Plain Language

  The medical field requires professionals to be book smart, innovative, receptive, and skilled. It also requires these individuals to have an expansive vocabulary. Medical terminology is essential in both standardizing care and when communicating with other healthcare professionals. It is important to realize, nevertheless, that medical terminology, like all things, has its place. It […]

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Doctor practicing good patient communication by being an active listener.

Meaning in Medicine: Patient Communication

  At the end of February, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is hosting its Annual Educational Conference. The conference will take place in sunny San Diego and is set to have more speakers and informational sessions than in years past. This year’s theme, ‘Meaning in Medicine: Compassion and Connection,’ describes what visitors can […]

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Wheelchair of Disabled Physician

Recognizing the Abilities of Physicians with Disabilities

  Dec. 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Disabled physicians make up a small, but none the less significant, portion of the physician population. About two percent of physicians are disabled. This is a shockingly small percentage when compared to that of the general public, of which 20 percent of individuals identify […]

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What Exactly is Hospital Medicine?

Two decades ago hospital medicine was practically nonexistent. In fact, it wasn’t until 2005 that the term “hospitalist” was finally included in the Merriam Webster Dictionary. The position, which focuses on getting hospital bound patients ready for lives outside the revolving doors, requires a pool of diverse, but general, knowledge. Some hospitalists cater to a […]

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Physician Isolation: Creating Community, Ending Stigma

Pressure to be Perfect  Physicians are no strangers to stress despite their composure and professional disposition. Each shift scheduled demands attention to detail which determines the course of a patient’s life. Few professions deal with as much prestige following success or as much guilt following failure as these healthcare practitioners. Perhaps this is why stress, […]

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Why Physicians Marry Physicians

Physicians always joke that there is always at least one couple that gets married during residency training. According to AMA Wire, about 40% of physicians marry other healthcare professionals, which creates both challenges and benefits. Here are 4 points to consider:   1) Similar life timing and availability are the major reasons why physicians marry other healthcare professionals, according […]

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Finding Mentorship Within Medicine

  In the medical world, asking for help can be difficult. This is especially true for graduates who are eager to prove that their years of school, extensive testing, and clinical experiences have prepared them for their careers. If confiding in colleagues is difficult for a medical student, resident, or physician, a mentor could be […]

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The Unseen Health Challenges Faced by Physicians

While the stigma surrounding mental health is improving, its association with health care practitioners is relatively unknown to the public. Today, many health care providers deal with burnout, anxiety, depression, and job dissatisfaction. In some cases, this leads to substance abuse and, in severe cases, suicide. The specialties that have the highest rates of burnout […]

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Communication Key to Increasing and Retaining Physician Numbers

The biggest health crisis facing the future of the United States has nothing to do with a new strain of flu—it has to do with retirement, specifically the increase of physicians set to retire in the next twenty years. This drop in practitioners combined with the increased competition for spots in medical school, rotations, and […]

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