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The Last Word

Personal essays on the practice of family medicine.

January/February 2020 Issue
Listening to the Little Voice Inside

That nagging little voice can sometimes save you from a medical mistake, so don’t ignore it.

November/December 2019 Issue
Taking the Fear Out of Error Disclosure

What if we could talk about medical mistakes without fear of judgment or punishment?

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.

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