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25 Skills Every Doctor Should Possess

25 Skills Every Doctor Should Possess

As many ScienceBlogs readers know by now, last month Popular Mechanics published a list on their website of “25 Skills Every Man Should Know,” which included such esoteric talents as “frame a wall” and “extend your wireless network.” How these two made the list over such accomplishments as “find tickets to a Hannah Montana concert,” or “pass gas anonymously on an airplane flight” is beyond me, but... »

Why doctors marry doctors: Exploring medical marriages

Why doctors marry doctors: Exploring medical marriages

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, which means love is in the air for everyone, even busy physicians. Find out why a fellow health care professional may be your best match this holiday. Nearly 40 percent of physicians are likely to marry another physician or health care professional, according to the 2014 Work/Life Profiles of Today’s Physician  released last year by AMA Insurance. Many physici... »

Are we training a generation of soft doctors?

Are we training a generation of soft doctors?

I watch as my almost-2-year-old daughter awkwardly climbs the stairs. I do not hold her hand, but I do not turn my back on her either. She is still clumsy, and her little-bowed legs often miss their targeted landing spots. She holds on to the rail with a vice grip that steadies each monumental step forward and upward. Every so often she wobbles as she miscalculates the distances and her toes barel... »

Patients Want Doctors To Dress Formal

Patients Want Doctors To Dress Formal

When it comes to what doctors should wear, a new study has found that patients prefer them in formal attire. The study, published in BMJ, suggest that patient trust, compliance, and satisfaction all begin with a physician dressed conservative and professional attire. Specifically, formal attire and white coats was preferred 60% of the time. Researchers found that in the majority of the studies, pa... »

Young physicians: Don’t repeat my generation’s mistakes

Young physicians: Don’t repeat my generation’s mistakes

My generation of physicians was much like yours. My were also “the best.” We’d risen to the top of every academic pyramid: middle school, high school, college. We could be anything we wanted to be. We chose medicine, partly for noble reasons. Our bodies were wondrous and we got to help people. But also for some not so noble reasons: the money was good, everyone would look up to us, and we’d never ... »

Top 5 reasons you should marry a female physician

Top 5 reasons you should marry a female physician

Two nights ago, I had the pleasure of having dinner with two very pretty surgical residents.  As they are both single, the conversation quickly turned towards the “single life” here in our city.  One began to tell me she uses dental hygienist as her go-to occupation when meeting men, while the other uses flight attendant.  I have to admit, the flight attendant bit is pretty genius – it actually ex... »

Study: US Patient Mortality Lower With Non-US-Trained Physicians

Study: US Patient Mortality Lower With Non-US-Trained Physicians

Medicare patients admitted to the hospital and treated by internists who graduated from medical schools outside the United States had lower 30-day mortality than matched patients cared for by graduates of US schools, according to results of a study published online today in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). To practice in the US, international medical school graduates must pass two exams on medic... »

What not to wear: Do doctors need a dress code?

What not to wear: Do doctors need a dress code?

Most patients want to see their doctor dressed in a white lab coat or a suit. But fancy threads take a back seat to scrubs when it comes to emergency or critical care. For a new paper, researchers compiled the findings of  30 studies on physician attire involving 11,533 adult patients in 14 countries. Age and culture How patients feel about how their doctors dress depends a lot on age and culture,... »

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