Category Archives: Health Care

Agent+ App Review – Billing for Doctors on the Go

One of the contentious topics you don’t learn much about in your transition to staff physician is income and medical billings. At the end of residency, different billing companies and agents often host dinners and info sessions to try to woo you to use their service. It can be quite

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Not much time to update these days, but found this excellent blog post that needed to be shared. Too many times I’ve seen patients turfed from service to service. In the lounges, emergency doctors are ridiculed and colleagues bad-mouthed. Everyone thinks their specialty is the only service that actually

A Different Rank and Match List

Today, I can basically celebrate the end of CaRMS. My rank order list was submitted today and all I can do is to wait for Match Day on March 6th. Speaking of creating a match list, NYT had a great article on a national kidney transplant registry and how they

The Patient’s Family

Looking through my old drafts, I found a post written when I was starting medical school that was never published. (Written September 28th, 2008) I’m glad to see I still agree with the feelings and thoughts I had then. Published now three years later as I am about to graduate

Can the Physical Exam Help Decrease Health Care Costs?

If physicians and doctors in training were trained better in the physical exam, could that translate into health care dollars saved? I’ve written about the Physical Exam and how it’s often at odds against newer technologies in medicine. In today’s world, where labwork, xrays and CT scans are so readily

A Malaria Vaccine at Last!

In case you haven’t heard yet, they announced today in a paper published in NEJM that scientists have created the world’s first malaria vaccine. This is a landmark paper that will mark a major victory against malaria. The vaccine called RTS, S/AS01 Mosquirix was developed by Joe Cohen, a GSK

Giving It Your Best

I’ve been quite irked at people/humanity lately. I’m not angry with patients, the sick or their family members, more like people that work in the service industry. I’m not sure if it’s burn-out or the fact that I’m giving my clinical work my best effort everyday, but I find it

The Physical Exam

I’ve been a fan of Dr. Verghese ever since I heard about the Stanford 25 a few years ago. The Stanford 25 is a list of 25 physical examinations that all clinicians should be able to perform. As of right now, I think I can do probably 23/25 with the

Clean Hands

Washing your hands. Despite all our knowledge and advances in infectious disease control, there are few things as simple and effective as cleaning your hands between patient encounters. However, lots of people still don’t wash their hands correctly. They might not have the right technique, not spend a long enough

When I Become an Attending…

Based on the many observations and interactions with staff / attending / chief residents / consultant doctors during clerkship year. A list of do’s and don’ts I will try to follow one day… Hopefully I’ll look back at this post when I’m finished all the training and find it useful.