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Limited Work Hours For Physicians-In-Training…Or Not

By: Dr. Ken Teufel The battle lines were drawn a decade ago, but the controversy is far from being over.  A recent article in The Wall Street Journal returns to the question, “Should Medical Residents be Required to Work Shorter Shifts?” (February 19, 2013).  Here are some of the rules now governing their work schedules:…
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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 ratings…
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Tired Of Being A Doctor?

By: Dr. Ken Tuefel What do Tess Gerritsen, Robin Cook, and Michael Palmer have in common? Known for their best-selling medical suspense novels, they are all physicians. If attendance at writing workshops is an indication, a growing number of doctors would like to follow in their footsteps. “Physicians are generally well-suited to almost anything they…
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Perks and Challenges Of Working Locums

Physicians or advanced practitioners who choose locums as a career path can range from those just out of residency, to seasoned clinicians who are about to retire, to adventure-seekers who simply enjoy travel and change of scenery. For those who work locum tenens exclusively, the list of perks is endless. You have the pleasure of getting…
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Medical Schools: Friend Or Foe Of Primary Care?

By: Dr. Ken Teufel “There’s a crisis in primary care, probably much worse than most people realize,” says Dr. Steven Berk, Dean of the Texas Tech University School of Medicine (The New York Times, September 9, 2012).  Interestingly enough, on the first day of medical school, almost half of U.S. students surveyed intend to go…
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From Sub-Standard To Heroes: The Changing Reputation Locums

By: Frank Phillips This is a very interesting topic. I have been working with locum tenens providers for well over 20 years now. When I first joined this marketplace, I had to educate not only healthcare facilities on what locums was, but also providers themselves. It was a very different time then. Most physicians worked as solo practitioners…
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Is Solo Practice Dead?

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Solo practitioners have read the obituary.  And, just like Mark Twain, they have answered:  “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” No one can deny that certain forces are threatening the future of solo practice. The hassle factor is at all-time high:  more rules and regulations; rising malpractice premiums; bigger medical…
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Hospital Medicine: What Does The Future Hold?

By: Frank Phillips I remember when the term “Hospitalist” was a new and emerging concept used for those physicians who treated acutely ill patients in the hospital. Fifteen years later, it has grown into a major part of the care a patient receives in nearly every hospital across the country. Over the next decade, Hospital Medicine…
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