Category Archives: Physician Careers

Dr. Ken’s Corner: Is “Standardized” Care the New Standard of Care?

­ By: Dr. Ken Teufel We all know that practicing defensive medicine is commonplace.  “Overtesting” — doing unnecessary lab work and other diagnostic studies (some invasive) — is justified as a way to stay out of the court room.  In some cases, physicians are simply bending to “what the patient wants done.”  To counteract test…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: On the Horizon: Complete Overhaul of Residency Training

By. Dr. Ken Teufel Teaching hospitals have been put on notice: The time has come to close the open checkbook.  The federal government, mostly through the Medicare program, currently pays hospitals $11 billion a year to train interns and residents.  The states contribute another $4 billion through the Medicaid program. “The scale of government support…
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4 Reasons To Work Locums In Rural America

For many residents, fellows, and practicing physicians, the glamor and convenience of "big city" living entice many to practice medicine in locations such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. However, although these cities are home to grandiose medical centers and multispecialty groups, medical opportunities are typically more competitive and scarcer. But little do many…
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Physician News: Changes to Maintenance of Certification

As of last January, physicians have faced new guidelines in regards to recertification in their medical specialties and subspecialties. Once required to take an exam every ten years, medical boards have requested that physicians test their skills and medical knowledge through a maintenance of certification, or MOC. Currently, requirements of the MOC include taking exams,…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: How Americans Choose Their Doctors: A New Study

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Online ratings of physician quality have less influence than we may have thought, according to a recent national survey. When it comes to choosing a personal physician, two-thirds of Americans say they turn to friends or family for recommendations. A “good bedside manner” outweighs “competence” two to one as the most…
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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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