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Monday Aug 14, 2017

I Had to 'Unlearn' Medicine to Treat Vulnerable Patients

New physician Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., relates in words and spare drawings why some of the advice she was taught to give doesn't apply to the patients she is expected to help.

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Posted at 04:32PM Aug 14, 2017 by Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P. | Comments[0]

Monday Jul 31, 2017

FPs Can Influence Rape Culture by Talking About Consent

Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., writes that as doctors for both victims and perpetrators of rape, family physicians are uniquely positioned to influence rape culture.

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Posted at 03:51PM Jul 31, 2017 by Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O. | Comments[0]

Thursday Jun 08, 2017

Crackdown on Undocumented Immigrants Poses Broad Health Risks

Increased enforcement of immigration laws is affecting the health of undocumented immigrants and may have unintended consequences for others, too.

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Posted at 01:44PM Jun 08, 2017 by Luis Garcia, M.D. | Comments[0]

Tuesday May 30, 2017

I Referred My Patients to Subspecialists; So Why Did They See NPs?

Barriers abound when rural patients are referred to subspecialty care. Kimberly Becher, M.D., says a new trend is making it even more challenging. 

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Posted at 11:24AM May 30, 2017 by Kimberly Becher, M.D. | Comments[0]

Tuesday May 16, 2017

Disease Outbreak Shows What -- and Why -- We Can Learn From Mistakes

When physicians failed to follow the principles of evidence-based medicine, it exacerbated a pertussis outbreak in Kentucky. Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that doctors must learn from such mistakes.

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Posted at 10:29AM May 16, 2017 by Gerry Tolbert, M.D. | Comments[0]

Thursday Apr 20, 2017

Speaking Same Language Doesn't Guarantee Being on Same Page

Differences in dialects mean that even when physicians and patients share a common language, barriers to clear communication may still exist.

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Posted at 01:36PM Apr 20, 2017 by Luis Garcia, M.D. | Comments[0]

Monday Apr 17, 2017

Twins Multiply Challenges -- and Rewards -- of Breastfeeding

Beth Oller, M.D., shares her insights from one of the hardest things she's ever done: breastfeeding twins.

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Posted at 01:04PM Apr 17, 2017 by Beth Oller, M.D. | Comments[0]

Tuesday Apr 11, 2017

FPs Can Lead in Treating Transgender Patients With Dignity

Transgender patients need protection from discrimination in health care. Family physicians can help ensure they receive it.

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Posted at 08:00AM Apr 11, 2017 by Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O. | Comments[0]

Monday Mar 27, 2017

What to Do When Experienced Colleague Is Wrong? Speak Up

Young physicians often defer to more experienced colleagues when there are differing opinions. The problem, Peter Rippey, M.D., writes is that sometimes the more experienced physician is wrong.

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Posted at 04:04PM Mar 27, 2017 by Peter Rippey, M.D. | Comments[0]

Tuesday Mar 14, 2017

Mastering the Art of Communication Takes Compassion

Whether delivering a difficult diagnosis or bridging actual language barriers, Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes that clear communication is critical to patient care.

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Posted at 02:20PM Mar 14, 2017 by Kurt Bravata, M.D. | Comments[0]

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