I received this question without any additional details and it's perfectly understandable, but it would've helped to know a few details. My first question would be to what? All of us are addicted to something. Some to coffee, mobile phones, the internet, exercise, and then the usual bad guys drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. An ugly … Continue reading QMC 5 What to do if a colleague has an addiction?
I had a question from Dr. KC the other day,asking if he should invest in an EMR? For those of you who're still stuck with paper and pen, then here's the low down. EMR is an Electronic medical record. All records are entered and stored on a centralized system. The EMR trend gained traction … Continue reading QMC 5 Should I invest in EMR?
I had a feeling I was going to get this question sometime. So I wasn't surprised when Dr. AV asked me if it's okay to accept Facebook "friend requests" from patients. The answer is NO. Let's look at all the guidelines & statistics first. The BMJ research showed 73% of doctors surveyed had a Facebook … Continue reading QMC 4 Should doctors accept social media “requests” from patients?
Dr LC asked, "Do doctors study even while in practice and how do you go about it? Fantastic question. Any doctor worth his salt, knows he doesn't know everything. I mean the stuff we spill out in front of interns and med students, is the stuff we memorized last night or material that has been … Continue reading QMC 4 Do doctors need to study?
I received a very important question over the week, from a doctor who has a suicidal medical colleague, asking what to do? My answer is do everything and anything. The data is heartbreaking, alarming even. 400-500 doctors a year kill themselves, in the US alone. Among all professions, the percentage of physician suicides is the highest. … Continue reading QMC 3 Have a suicidal medical colleague, what should I do?
I received a question from a friend who is in FP (family practice) about referrals. "The specialist is offering me a referral fee, should I accept it?" My answer is no. And so is the AMA's. "Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs of the American Medical Association (AMA)—Clinics, laboratories, hospitals, or other healthcare facilities that … Continue reading QMC 2 -Should I accept referral fees?
I just read an article that said, everyone on LinkedIn, claims to be a self-professed expert. Let me just say that I'm not an expert and in medicine, no one knows everything. There are days where I feel, I don;t know anything. We learn from each other. Just like surgery residents, my mantra is "You … Continue reading Questions from the Medical Community (QMC 1)