FPM Department Collection

The Last Word

Personal essays on the practice of family medicine.

January/February 2018 Issue
Is It Ethical to Accept Gifts From Patients?

To make the right decision, first consider the patient’s motives.

November/December 2017 Issue
How to Make Friends With Urgent Care

Most of our patients will eventually seek urgent care, so we need to get along.

September/October 2017 Issue
Remission! What Surviving Cancer Has Taught Me

Months of brutal chemotherapy will teach you a few things about yourself, your calling, and your community.

September/October 2017 Issue
Creating a Space Where Doctors Can Be Vulnerable

We shouldn't try to carry the stress of patient care alone.

July/August 2017 Issue
The Key to Getting Through Chemo

Yes, you need a good doctor, but one other thing is equally as important.

July/August 2017 Issue
The Ethics of Caring for Friends or Family

When should you say no?

May/June 2017 Issue
Keeping Your Practice Going When You Can't

A physician battling illness has the added worry of who will care for his patients.

May/June 2017 Issue
How a Doctor Acting as His Primary Care Physician, With a Little Luck, Tracked Down His Own Cancer

It started with a cough.

March/April 2017 Issue
How to Immunize Against Burnout

Our collective advocacy can instill hope and prevent burnout.

January/February 2017 Issue
Ten Sins of Office Medicine

None of us wants to be "that doctor."

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