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Dr. Ken's Corner: Why Do Small, Independent Practices Have Less Burnout?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Nov 1, 2018 12:09:36 PM

Telling burned out physicians they need to learn how to cope better with stress is not working. Despite numerous programs designed to improve physician "resilience," the rate of physician burnout keeps climbing. With overall burnout estimates ranging from 30% to 68%, a recent study reveals that there's one subset of physicians with a rate of only 13.5% -- primary care physicians in solo or small practices (Journal American Board of Family Medicine, July-August 2018).

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Dr. Ken's Corner:  Loneliness Linked to Serious Health Problems

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Sep 27, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Doctors can add another risk factor when taking a patient's history--loneliness.  A strong body of evidence now shows that lonely people are more likely to become ill and die early.  Heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, depression, and suicide have all been linked to chronic loneliness.  And studies show that Americans, young and old alike, are lonelier than ever.

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Topics: loneliness, patient history, risk factor, health problems

What do women in medicine want? The locum life.

Posted by Saralynn White on Sep 20, 2018 12:27:13 PM

It’s September 2018 – Women in Medicine Month, as declared by the American Medical Association (AMA) – and today there are 333,833 female physicians practicing in the U.S. Conversely, there were about 200 women physicians in 1960 (to quote a campaign from that era: "You’ve come a long way, baby!").

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Topics: Women in Medicine Month, AMA, Michelle Bens DO, locum lore, Why locum, female physicians, Do men and women doctor differently, reclaim some of your time, balancing work and family, work-life balance, benefits of working locums, AWAY suitcase giveaway

Meet Dr. Michelle Bens: Queen of the court, the ER, and locum tenens

Posted by Saralynn White on Sep 6, 2018 11:03:23 AM

To celebrate Women in Medicine Month (sponsored by the American Medical Association) we wrote about one of our favorite female physicians, Dr. Michelle Bens. September's Women in Medicine Month serves as a platform to showcase the accomplishments of female physicians and highlights advocacy needs related to professional concerns of women physicians and health issues affecting women patients.

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Topics: Michelle Bens DO, Doctors are choosing locum tenens, Why locum, Emergency Medicine, Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI, Charleston, SC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AMA, American Medical Association, Women in Medicine Month

Dr. Ken's Corner: Should Doctors Encourage Audio Recordings of Patient Visits?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Aug 23, 2018 11:56:11 AM

An increasing number of patients are recording their visits to the doctor on their smart-phones, oftentimes without even telling the doctor. Are such secretly recorded conversations legal? Under federal law, audio recording is permitted if at least one party to the conversation has given consent (even if that's the person doing the recording). Only a dozen states require that all parties in the conversation give permission (per These states are California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

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Topics: doctor-patient relationship, patient safety, HIPPA

America’s heartland is starved for doctors, and (believe it or not ) there’s rarely a dull moment

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Aug 9, 2018 2:27:57 PM

Supply and demand – it's basic economics. But what happens when demand outweighs supply? And what happens when the demand is for doctors to care for people?

That’s what’s happening right here in America, as the demand for physicians continues to outweigh the supply. What we have now is a physician shortage that limits access to medical care – and sadly, rural communities have been hit especially hard.

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Topics: rural medicine, emergency room, family practice, physician shortage

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