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Monday Jul 15, 2019

My Teen Patient Opened Up About Her Suicide Attempt

Teen suicide rates are on the rise. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a recent visit with a teenage patient who survived a suicide attempt.

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Posted at 04:41PM Jul 15, 2019 by Lalita Abhyankar, MD, MHS | Comments [0]

Wednesday Jul 10, 2019

Reaping Benefits (and Avoiding Pitfalls) of Social Media

After recent research showed the effect one negative social media post can have on a doctor's credibility, we asked our new physician bloggers how -- and why -- they use social media. This Fresh Perspectives blog post presents their responses.

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Posted at 02:48PM Jul 10, 2019 | Comments [0]

Wednesday Jul 03, 2019

Health Spending Keeps Going Up; Why Are Outcomes Worse?

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that even as U.S. health care costs continue to climb, several key outcomes are in steep decline.

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Posted at 11:35AM Jul 03, 2019 by Natasha Bhuyan, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Jun 24, 2019

Data in (Direct) Primary Care: Striking the Right Balance

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Allison Edwards, M.D., writes that the health care system has done a poor job of measuring quality overall, but says that direct primary care can start over with a blank slate.

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Posted at 04:10PM Jun 24, 2019 by Allison Edwards, M.D. | Comments [0]

Wednesday Jun 19, 2019

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

Marking the sixth anniversary of his graduation from residency, Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on what he wishes every first-year medical student knew about family medicine.

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Posted at 01:25PM Jun 19, 2019 by Kurt Bravata, M.D. | Comments [0]

Wednesday Jun 12, 2019

We Made It Through Residency. Here's How You Can, Too

As Astrud Villareal, M.D., D.I.M.P.H., wraps up her training, she and her mentors offer some tips for the new class of family medicine interns.

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Posted at 10:30AM Jun 12, 2019 by Astrud Villareal, M.D., D.I.M.P.H. | Comments [0]

Monday Jun 03, 2019

Rural FPs Need More Support in Treating Mental Illness

Rural physicians and their patients face significant barriers when it comes to providing mental health care. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Tate Hinkle, M.D., suggests strategies to help overcome these problems.

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Posted at 12:25PM Jun 03, 2019 by Tate Hinkle, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday May 14, 2019

Health Startups: Revolutionary or Threat to Primary Care?

Startups based on health care algorithms are rapidly spreading. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., describes a model that allows family physicians to offer the convenience these companies tout while preserving the doctor-patient relationship.

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Posted at 11:30AM May 14, 2019 by Natasha Bhuyan, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday May 06, 2019

Your Patient Is Crying. What Do You Do?

What can you offer a crying patient besides a tissue? In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., discusses why patients cry, why it sometimes helps and how to react.

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Posted at 03:59PM May 06, 2019 by Lalita Abhyankar, MD, MHS | Comments [0]

Tuesday Apr 30, 2019

It's Humbling to Be Reminded How Much There Is to Know

Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that a moment of self-doubt provided motivation for her to learn more and do better.

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Posted at 04:09PM Apr 30, 2019 by Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H. | Comments [0]

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