Doctor’s Voice

Ordering unnecessary laboratory tests continues to be a problem | Feature

Unnecessary testing wastes money and can lead to further testing. Why does it occur? Almost 60% of medical personnel surveyed at a large academic medical center believed

Continuing Life Sustaining Therapy in the Face of Futility | Medical Blog

One of the most difficult challenges physicians encounter is assisting terminally ill patients who are nearing the ends of their lives. These patients and their families are

Surgeon sued for talking on cell phone during an operation | Feature

A surgeon took a Spanish language proficiency test while performing varicose vein surgery on a 70-year-old woman. The doctor said he had to take the test during

Why Doctors Are Losing the Public’s Trust | Feature

"The public is losing their trust in us. They see us as driven for profit. They feel we don’t listen to their concerns anymore and don’t care what they want or need."

3D Printing an Osteoporotic Mandible to Aid in Surgery | Medical Blog

Together with maxillofacial surgeon, Erik Nout, MD, DDS, PhD, I prepared a stereolithography file of the above 3D-printed mandible. Speaking about the 3D print, Dr. Nout says: “The 3D-printed

Patient satisfaction surveys are worthless | Feature

For several years, Medicare has tied hospital reimbursement to its definition of quality of care. Poorly performing hospitals can be penalized as much as 2% of their

3D Printing Aids Fistulotomy | Medical Blog

Dr. Brouwers, with the help of colleague David Zimmerman, MD, explains how 3D printing of a perianal fistula internal opening makes for easy assessment of treatment options and patient education.

3D Printing a Q Fever-Infected Aortic Aneurysm | Medical Blog

Aortic infection is a rare, but severe condition. Primary infection with Coxiella burnetii bacteria in patients with chronic Q fever is notorious in the southern part of

Elective surgery ban for smokers and obese patients | Feature

The committee that plans and oversees medical care for the county of Hertfordshire, England announced recently that unless obese patients lose a specified amount of weight and

Can a handheld ultrasound replace your doctor? | Feature

    Dr. Mercola, described by Wikipedia as “an alternative medicine proponent, osteopathic physician, and web entrepreneur, who markets a variety of controversial dietary supplements and medical

Beyond Late Night Calls: What Keeps Physicians Up at Night? | Feature

In television and movie medical dramas, there’s always that one scene in which a physician receives a call in the middle of the night—the one where the

A surgical resident’s legal battle with her program | Feature

  A surgical resident is suing St. Louis University, its surgical residency program director, and its trauma service chief for what she claims is an unjustified decision

Hospitals, Third Parties, and Physicians: Opposing Roles in Containing Healthcare Costs | Feature

Patients do not have carte blanche when it comes to decisions about their medical care. The type of insurance they have dictates which hospitals they must use,

3D Printing Shows Talocalcaneal Joint Very Well! | Medical Blog

A surgical resident used the above 3D-printed calcaneal fracture to gain more insight in the fracture pattern during preoperative evaluation. Using this 3D printed model, the surgical

Calling on the Surgeon General: What Americans Need Most | Medical Blog

By Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP

Nearly 42% of users are satisfied with their EHR systems, survey finds | Feature

Okay, what was your first reaction when you read the above headline? Mine was a tweet: “How’s this for positive spin? LOL.” Some responses to me. @cwrightmd

Why public reporting of individual surgeon outcomes should not be done | Feature

  Last week Dr. Ashish K. Jha, a Harvard internist and health policy researcher, published an opinion piece in JAMA, advocating public reporting of individual surgeon outcomes

Do good online ratings mean you’re a good doctor? | Feature

  If you are a patient looking for help when trying to find the right doctor, you probably think checking out online reviews would be a good

Bladder catheter + oxygen supply tubing = death | Medical Blog

  According to the coroner of South Australia, a 72-year-old former member of the Australian national men’s soccer team died a “horrific” and “macabre” death after his

Money can’t buy drug adherence | Medical Blog

In June I asked, “Who’s to blame?” for patients not taking their medications and cited a couple of papers describing the poor state of medication adherence. I

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