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Sampling error

I recently received an email from my employer, with a link and a request to fill out a short survey evaluating a new service available to our patients. I had a brief gap between patients, so I clicked and did the six questions. As I hit submit, it occurred to me that the survey seemed familiar. Hmmm. Looking back in my older emails, I found that I had received a similar request from the same group about 2 weeks earlier, with the same link. I contacted the person who had sent the second email.

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On listening to the patient

Osler, often referred to as the Father of Modern Medicine famously said: "If you listen carefully to the patient, they will tell you the diagnosis.” He emphasized both the value of a careful history in medical diagnosis and the value of learning from one’s patients. Ask any practicing clinician and they will have anecdotes that illustrate how right he was. One stands out for me.

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A note to disruptive docs everywhere

In 2004, Dr. Lawrence Huntoon wrote an editorial (in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 9 Number 3 Fall 2004) expressing concern about the potential abuse of ‘disruptive physician’ clauses being added to many medical staff Bylaws. Below the fold is my updated version of the poem (Memo to the Disruptive Physician) included in his editorial.

 

Memo to the Disruptive Physician

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