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Dr. Ken’s Corner: An Epidemic of Physician Burnout: Myth or Reality?

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Talk about physician burnout is rampant. Yet a majority of 4,600 physicians surveyed by Medscape say they’re generally happy with their lives.  Nearly 75% of doctors, whether self-employed or employed by others, expressed overall satisfaction with their work-life balance and income.  Twenty percent were “neutral” while only 8% of employed doctors…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Hanging Up The Stethoscope: Retirement

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Which is more difficult: taking away Grandma’s car keys or telling a doctor he’s “too old” to practice medicine anymore? Should there be a mandatory retirement age for physicians as there is for commercial airline pilots? The physician workforce is America is not getting any younger; in fact, it’s getting older. A…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

“If I don’t do this test and something goes wrong, how do I defend myself?” We’ve all done it: ordered certain tests or procedures, many quite expensive, “just in case.” The fear and threat of a malpractice claim is probably the main driver of “unnecessary” testing, oftentimes to simply document what we already know and…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Has the Power of the Bedside Exam Been Forgotten?

By: Dr. Ken Teufel There was a time when the doctor’s black bag, filled with its assortment of diagnostic tools, was indispensable. It was a time when medicine was “high touch, low tech.” Today, the reverse is true. Too many of us have abandoned the thorough bedside examination in favor of sending the patient off…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Physician Online Ratings: Good or Bad?

By: Dr. Ken Teufel It seems like everyone is looking over your shoulder these days. Patients, hospital administrators, private insurance companies, licensing boards, government insurers (not to mention your fellow physicians). If you haven’t done so already (but I’ll bet you have) Google search yourself and your practice. You’re likely to find very few physician…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Medical Care and the Elderly: When Less is Better

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Except in a few specialties, most physicians provide care for an increasingly older population. Because geriatric training in our medical schools is still on the ‘back burner,’ it’s an area prone to mistakes and errors of judgment. Here are five recently published recommendations from the American Geriatric Society that just may…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Independent Practices Losing More Ground

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Driving this apparent trend is the Affordable Care Act. In order for hospitals to meet the ACA’s requirements, hospital acquisition of independent physician practices is expected to grow by 71 percent over the next three years, according to Deloitte Consulting LLP. “Hospitals need to identify, employ, and align with the right…
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Is Telemedicine The Gateway To Better Patient Care

Telemedicine has steadily gained momentum as technological capabilities have expanded.  The American Telemedicine Association defines telemedicine as “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients’ health status.”  By this definition, telemedicine would concurrently provide greater efficiency and improved patient care. Healthcare reform intends to improve patient care, improve…
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3 Ways to Use Social Media for Career Success

As a locum tenens physician, you may have different specialties that allow you to work at a local facility across town or 3000 miles away. Whether you’ve had one locums assignment or many, connecting with colleagues you’ve worked with, facilities you’ve provided care for, and recruiters that helped land you a job can enhance your…
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