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Top 10 KevinMD Posts from 2016

Happy New Year to all of our readers! Before we jump into 2017, we first want to take a look back a some of the most popular healthcare news that happened in 2016. The opioid epidemic, tackling burnout, and how laughter really is be the best medicine were just a few hot topics of the year…
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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Locums

There are several benefits of working locum tenens, like exciting travel opportunities, competitive pay, and the freedom to create your own schedule. However, similar to other situations, there are cons just like there are the pros to locums. When making any career choice, it's important to examine all elements before ultimately making a decision. Considering a career…
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How Money Can Buy You Time

Time is money. It's an age-old phrase that tells us time is a valuable resource, so it's better to do things as quickly as possible. Wasting time is wasting money. But what if money = time? In residency, you've yet to start earning the big bucks, and may even be living paycheck to paycheck. Once…
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‘Tis the Season: ICD-10 Codes for the Holidays

As a physician, you are probably familiar with The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Division, or ICD-10 codes. Published by the World Health Organization (WHO), these alphanumeric codes are used by health professionals to identify known diseases and other health problems. While these codes are usually used to distinguish different ailments or injuries, Physicians Practice…
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The 12 Ways to Health Holiday Song

You've probably heard the popular holiday song The Twelve Days of Christmas, and have even gotten it stuck in your head a time or two. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released their own spin on the classic called The 12 Ways to Health. Take a moment between shifts to visit the…
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Dealing With Holiday-Mom and Doctor-Mom Guilt

As a mother and a physician, trying to find that perfect work-life balance can be a struggle. For many doctor-moms, this is especially true during the holidays. You want to give your children the idyllic Christmas and picture-perfect memories you grew up with as a child, even if it means holding yourself to unrealistic expectations…
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There Are No Days Off In Medicine

As the holiday season ensues, many use this time to take off work and spend time with loved ones. However, physicians across the country find that accidents and illnesses do not stop for the holidays and there are no days off in medicine. Between added holiday stress from last-minute gift shopping and travel, to overindulging…
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What Physicians Can Learn From a College Football Coach

After several wins, one would expect Ohio State football coach Urban Meyers to be on cloud nine, however, this was not the case. He was exhausted, couldn't sleep, and was working constantly. In a word, he was experiencing burnout. With his health taking the brunt of it all, he decided to sign a contract with his…
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An Emergency Medicine Physician’s Twelve Days of Christmas

We all know and love the traditional "12 Days of Christmas" song, with its turtle doves and french hens, but for those in the healthcare industry, particularly emergency medicine, the twelve days leading up to Christmas may mean something a little different. With the holiday season well underway, emergency medicine physicians know to anticipate all types…
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Top 4 Specialties in Highest Demand for Locums

Across all specialties, physicians are in high demand throughout the country. A growing elderly population, an increase in number of Americans with health insurance, and physicians leaving the profession due to burnout are all contributing factors to the overall physician shortage. Because of this demand, locum tenens is more popular now than ever. As a locums…
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