The PMD Critical List: Hospitals Struggle to Help Depressed Doctors
A new study finds fully one-third of medical residents experience depression, yet few talk about it and their employers generally have few resources to help. That story tops this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Also making the list: Data-mining aims to help limit lawsuits and improve patient safety; and a scientific answer to why boys seems to be more interested in sports.
A Doctor Passes the Bar
Doctors often get hit up with "exciting investment opportunities." In this week's column, Greg Kelly recounts an investment opportunity his physician father thought of as "the one that got away."
The PMD Critical List: Study Suggests Medical Error Is Nation's Third-Leading Cause of Death
A new study suggest medical errors account for more than 250,000 deaths each year in the US. That story tops this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Also making the list: An investigative report questioning the marketing of OxyContin, and new concerns about children and cell phone use.
The Purposeful Doctor
Todayâ€™s doctors certainly have a right to be a little resentful about the way theyâ€™re treated in our current healthcare environment. But based on the sheer record, no one can deny them their genuine claim to a purposeful life. Now more than ever, doctors must celebrate the great purpose of their work.
The PMD Critical List: Physician is America's Highest-Paid CEO
Americaâ€™s highest-paid CEO is a physician youâ€™ve probably never heard of. That story tops this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Also making the list: the FDA considers mandating more training for opioid prescribers, and Harvard opens a center looking at the impact of happiness on health.
Perhaps Money Can Buy 'Personal' Happiness, After All
British researchers have â€œfound people who spend money on things they enjoy (hobbies, interests, etc.) tend to be happier than their peers. What they mean, of course, is not spending money for the heck of it, but rather spending it on things that express oneâ€™s personality.â€
The PMD Critical List: Obamacare Makes Primary Care Docs Want to Quit
A new study finds nearly half of all primary care physicians in private practice are thinking about leaving medicine due to low reimbursements. That story tops this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Also on the list: A doctorâ€™s secret contribution to baseball, and a major shortage of pathologists weighs down coronerâ€™s offices.
The PMD Critical List: Each Doctor Brings $1.6 Million in Revenue to Hospitals
A new report tabulates the revenue generation of the average hospital physician. The number might surprise you. That story tops this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Also making the list: An article criticizing opacity regarding physician discipline, and changing viewpoints on marijuana use.
The PMD Critical List: Doctors 'Unprepared' to Discuss Healthcare Costs
A new report says physicians fall short when patients ask questions about the costs of treatment. That story tops this week's PMD Critical List. Also on the list: Doctors continue to be held in high esteem in American society, and critiques of Harvard Medical School and WebMD.
5 Steps to Restore the Joy of Medicine
Sometimes even little things can go a long way toward changing your mindset and your stress level. These five ideas can get you back on the track to a joy-filled career.
The PMD Critical List: Doctors Deemed 'Bad Drivers'
A study by a British insurer has some unsettling statistics about physicians and traffic accidents. That story tops this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Also making the list: Why online reviews may not be so bad after all.
7 'National Doctors' Day' Reflections on the Life of a Physician
As we celebrate National Doctors' Day, columnist Greg Kelly reflects on his own connection to physicians and how the all-consuming job shapes those who take on the call.
The PMD Critical List: Why Do Malpractice Rates Vary so Much by State?
A new report looks at malpractice claims by state and finds a wide disparity. That story tops this week's PMD Critical List. Also making the list: Why bad online reviews might not be as bad as you think.
Want to Be Happy? Think Nordic
A new report looks at the rates of "happiness" in 150 countries. The data might be helpful to American doctors on the edge of burnout.
The PMD Critical List: The Huge Cost of Reporting Data to Insurers
Physicians spend hundreds of hours each year reporting data to insurance companies, for a total tab of more than $15 billion worth of time. That story tops this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Also making the list: Infection rates remain a stubborn problem, and one state outlaws paper prescriptions.
Remembering a Great Irish Doctor
As St. Patrick's Day approaches, columnist Greg Kelly remembers a family friend and family man who proudly proclaimed his Irish heritage.
The PMD Critical List: The World's Richest Doctors
Riches and power top this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Our top story looks at the richest doctors in the world. Another story looks at a group of physicians who hold incredible power over the US healthcare system, even though theyâ€™re not household names.
88% Satisfied With Their Doctor; Insurance Satisfaction Low
A new poll shows Americans are mostly happy with their healthcare experiences. However, not all of the results are positive.
The PMD Critical List: America's 'Germiest' Hospitals
A new study looks at the rates of bacteria, superbugs, and other unwanted dangers at Americaâ€™s hospitals. Some of the names topping the list might surprise you. That story tops this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Also on the list, why doctors care about happiness, and why the stethoscope might soon become a thing of the past.
The Doctor Made a Good Childhood
Parents strive to give their children the best, safest childhood possible. However, sometimes it's easy to forget the need for play.
The PMD Critical List: Are 30-Hour Shifts a Good Thing?
A new national study suggests surgical residents benefit from longer shifts, seemingly defying the notion that such lengthy periods are too grueling. That story tops this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Also making the list: Congress and the president find a way to confirm a nominee, and Elvis Presleyâ€™ personal physician has â€œleft the building.â€
Oscar Season: 5 Favorite Doctor Movies
With the Oscars just around the corner, columnist Greg Kelly remembered some of his favorite physician-focused films.
The PMD Critical List: Teen Busted for Pretending to Be a Physician
A Florida teen gets caught pretending to be a doctor, a Harvard-trained physician tells his story of drug dependence, and a new study looks at why the results of so many clinical trials go unpublished. Those stories top this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List
Celebrating Scalia ... with Some Lawyer Jokes
In the wake of the unexpected death of Supreme Court Antonin Scalia, we honor his penchant for humor with some favorite jokes... about lawyers.
The PMD Critical List: When Doctors Strike, Fewer Patients Die
A British study finds the unavailability of physicians doesnâ€™t increase patient deaths. That story tops this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Also making the list: Why are pagers still around and why has tele-surgery not yet fulfilled its potential?
10 Happiness Factors That Can Help Reverse the Burnout Epidemic
Professional dissatisfaction among doctors is the major issue of our time. Left unaddressed, the issue has the potential to wreck the medical profession.
The PMD Critical List: An Uber for Healthcare?
Will housecalls make a comeback via on-demand services like Uber? That story tops this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Also making the list: Five reasons physicians fail as leaders, and whatâ€™s behind the rise in the number of osteopaths?
The Coast Guard and Its 'Life-Saving' Doctor
A new film explores the life-saving work of the US Coast Guard. It turns out, the Coast Guard can trace its history back to a courageous physician.
The PMD Critical List: Patient Satisfaction Reaches Record High
A vast majority of Americans say theyâ€™re satisfied by their physician visits â€“ an approval rating that would make candidates in Mondayâ€™s Iowa caucuses drool. That story tops this weekâ€™s PMD Critical List. Also on the list: Zeroing in on malpractice-prone physicians, and why are doctorsâ€™ office run so badly?
Which Doctors Get Paid the Most?
A new report outlines the geography of physician pay and also reveals some surprising findings about persistent pay gaps.
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