FPM Department Collection

The Last Word

Personal essays on the practice of family medicine.

September/October 2019 Issue
Three Essential Skills for a Doctor That I Learned From an After-School Job as a Youth

The most unlikely of past experiences can shape who we are as physicians.


July/August 2019 Issue
Why I Don’t Share Patients

Health care is fragmented enough, so why would we want to fragment it even more?


May/June 2019 Issue
A New Lexicon for Physicians: A Poem for Physicians Who Care

What if EHRs, MIPS, and MACRA all stood for something else--something truly meaningful?


March/April 2019 Issue
Creating a Culture of Intrinsic Motivation

External motivators don’t work for long.


January/February 2019 Issue
High-Maintenance Patients

Don't let their bad behavior make you a bad doctor.


November/December 2018 Issue
What Makes a Doctor Truly Great

This one skill separates the good from the great.


September/October 2018 Issue
How to Have a Good Goodbye

When it's time to move on because of a new job, retirement, or a life change, these six things can help you say goodbye well.


July/August 2018 Issue
Five Ways to Cultivate Resilience

Resilience is a powerful weapon against burnout.


May/June 2018 Issue
How to Be Happy in Practice for 30-Plus Years

These eight lessons can help you avoid burnout and enjoy medicine.


March/April 2018 Issue
What to Do When Emotions Run High in the Exam Room

Step one: Don't ignore it.


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