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Why This Physician Never Tells Anyone She’s A Doctor

I’m an ER doc, and proud of it. But I never mention it when I meet new people. Unless someone’s fixing to die, I avoid it like the plague. “I work in a hospital,” I say. “Where in the hospital?” “The ER. How about you?” That’s a topic changer, since most people would rather talk about themselves.

This Is How Americans View Doctors, Survey Says

Forget the superheroes that make up the DC and Marvel Universes. Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear white coats. Throughout America each day, thousands of everyday heroes dedicate their lives to helping others. Firefighters, policemen, teachers, coaches—and doctors.

Is The Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose A Threat

Two centuries after its invention, the stethoscope — the very symbol of the medical profession — is facing an uncertain prognosis. It is threatened by hand-held devices that are also pressed against the chest but rely on ultrasound technology, artificial intelligence and smartphone apps instead of doctors’ ears to help detect leaks, murmurs, abnormal rhythms and other problems in the heart, lungs and elsewhere. Some of these instruments can yield images of the beating heart or create electrocardiogram graphs.

How Do We Manage Pain In The Era Of The Opioid Crisis?

“6 in 10 Kids Got Opioids After Tonsil Surgery, Study Says.” So screams the headline from The Daily Beast. “In the midst of the opioid crisis, doctors sent many kids home with oxycodone and hydrocodone,” it goes on to say. Another example of scaremongering and sensational headlines, or is this something we should still be concerned about?

What’s The Best Shoe For The Busy Physician?

No physician would disagree that the shoes they choose are very important to them. Seriously. We surveyed hundreds of doctors and all of them agreed (29%) or strongly agreed (70%) that physicians’ choice of footwear is very important. (OK, 1% were undecided—but still, no one disagreed!)

A Warning From a Doctor Who Has Done Thousands of Steroid Injections for Arthritis

The extremely common treatment might be causing more harm than previously thought. After giving birth to a baby, a young woman told her nurses at Boston Medical Center that she was having pain in her hip. That happens sometimes after births, says Ali Guermazi, one of the doctors involved.

Research: How Virtual Reality Can Help Train Surgeons

Advancements in medical devices and surgical techniques hold promise for saving and improving lives. But our current system of training and assessing surgeons has lagged behind the pace of innovation — leaving some doctors unprepared to perform complex surgeries and putting some patients at risk. Using virtual reality technology in training may play an important role in addressing these deficiencies and improving skills.

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