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Hospital Allegory:  (Special thanks to Keiki Hinami). Three scientists are tromping through the wilds of a previously uncharted rain forest. They are captured by blood thirsty aborigines who scream and chant at them. The Chief approaches the first scientist as asks him, "Do you want…
We’ve all seen hundreds of commercials of companies advertising products and services with a money back guarantee. The Men’s Warehouse, for example, has been guaranteeing to men across the globe for over a decade, “You’re going to like the way you look; I guarantee it!”…
by Chris Moriates, MD Paul Kalanithi was a neurosurgeon and writer. He was not a neurosurgeon who just so happened to write. And he was certainly not a writer who just so happened to perform craniotomies. He spent a life devoted to developing both sides…
  I call med mal the joy that keeps on giving.  It's blogger's crack.  We all love med mal goodness. Medscape released their 2015 Malpractice Report--and as always, the results provide some interesting grist for the mill.  I will not go through all the findings, but…
People ask me periodically how I am doing with my Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Sometimes the question is easy and quick (last hemoglobin was 14.6, WBC 5.8, Platelets 124). Sometimes I am asked how I am balancing work, family, health/illness, etc. This one is harder.…
SHM initiatives, clinician burnout, Medicare and new end-of-life care tools appeared in the last two weeks of media highlights in medical and regional news outlets. Because hospitalists are more frequently managing inpatient care of adults 65 and older, Medscape recently featured Journal of Hospital Medicine…
  When you follow the healthcare sector, you can depend on December being the time CMS and Health Affairs release cost growth estimates from the prior year.  All the papers give the news big time attention (see here). After looking at the charts annually, you inure…
By Mark Mallozzi Hospital-based physicians are no strangers to teamwork. Almost every department is made up of diverse individuals with varying levels of training and specialties in collaboration with one another to deliver quality care to their patients. But this diversity extends only as far…
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