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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Working in Retirement: An Attractive Option for Many

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Rarely does one hear of a physician taking “early retirement.”  In fact, many physicians continue working well past the traditional retirement age of 65.  Being a doctor is “who they are,” and it’s hard to walk away from that part of their personal identity.  But this is only part of the…
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6 Key Factors Drastically Increasing the Utilization of Locum Tenens

By: Robert Moghim M.D. If you have ever thought, “What are we going to do if Dr. So & So retires or leaves our community?” this article pertains to you and offers a solution.  An overwhelmingly large number of groups and healthcare delivery systems are finding themselves in this very predicament. It’s a complex and…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Errors in Diagnosis: Under the Microscope

By: Dr. Ken Teufel “A patient with abdominal pain dies from a ruptured appendix after a doctor fails to do a complete exam.  A biopsy comes back positive for prostate cancer, but no one follows up when the lab result gets misplaced. A child’s fever and rash are diagnosed as a viral illness, but they…
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Interesting Court Case Prompts Medical Review Investigation

Easily the largest victory for physicians in Washington state this year, Dr. Diana Smigaj has accepted a settlement from Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital over allegations the hospital used its peer-review process to push her out of practice. “I feel relieved it is over,” Smigaj wrote in an email Thursday afternoon. “It has been a long…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Demand for Medical Scribes Growing Rapidly

By: Dr. Ken Teufel “Making physicians into secretaries is not a winning proposition,” says Dr. Christine Sinsky, a primary care physician in Dubuque, Iowa. The demands of entering data into a computer while talking to and examining a patient has been shown to be a major source of physician dissatisfaction, according to a study published…
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8 Signs You Work In A Hospital

This BuzzFeed list gave us a good laugh this week and we decided it was too amusing not to share.  Working in a hospital can be stressful, but, it’s always good to know that other physicians and healthcare providers feel your same pain.  Here are 10 signs that you work in a hospital: 1. Hand…
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Why Patients NEED To Stop Looking To The Web For Medical Advice

Members of the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) are endorsing the message that should force patients to be slightly more cautious when downloading and following health apps. Patients can fall victim to the dangers of relying solely on medical websites or mobile apps to self-diagnose illness or injury. Patients should be aware that despite the incredible…
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Physicians & Facilities: Here’s How To Build Patients’ Trust

Whether you’re a permanent Family Practice physician or a temporary Emergency Medicine provider, patients seek your medical skills and knowledge for a quick recovery and hopeful routine checkup. However, before you can provide quality care, you must earn your patients’ trust and overall confidence in your expertise. With that being said, here are 4 ways…
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Social Media And The Dissemination Of Medical Knowledge

Despite the medical field being one of the most technologically advanced professional fields, it lags considerably and is largely ineffective when it comes to social media and the dissemination of medical knowledge. It is no surprise that physicians are influenced by thought-leaders and peer groups with whom they work. Typically, the medical knowledge pattern begins with…
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Old And Wise: We Still Want You – Locum Tenens

As technology has significantly advanced in the last decade, there has been a dramatic bump in the aging population.  Some researchers believe that one out of three United States residents will live to be over 100 years old.  But, technology and medical research has made the quality of life for the old and wise incredible. …
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