When Money Isn’t Enough: What Do You Really Want from Your Medical Career?

You are done with Med School, Residency, and perhaps have established yourself in private practice or with a really great healthcare institution. Despite that, you’re still on the treadmill of loan balances, patient loads, and long hours, and trying to have some semblance of a life. It’s a LOT. But, money makes the world go around, right? Maybe it’s time to determine what is most important to you in a compensation package.  Loans, Loans, Go Away… The pervasive assumption that the average doctor compensation is more than adequate has made it difficult for physicians and other medical professionals to get a leg […]

Why Physician Burnout Affects Patient Care

Like an engine with a bad wire that isn’t able to fire on all cylinders, physician burnout has the potential to drag down the performance of even the most committed and energized health care professionals. Consequences of burnout may ripple outward to include critical aspects of patient care. The Lancet, JAMA, the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic, among others have reported the importance of a work life balance, research important to both physicians and patients alike.  Cartoon credit to Rob Rogers, 2012, reprinted from The Chest Journal  What Is Physician Burnout? Physicians, like people in other demanding professions, are susceptible to a […]

In Case You Missed It: USPSTF Recommendations for Screening of latent tuberculosis infection

It has been estimated that up to 5% of the population of the United States between 18 and 65 years of age have latent tuberculosis infections (LTBI), and approximately 10,000 new cases of active tuberculosis were reported in the US in 2015, according to a recent article reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Approximately 30% of individuals exposed to tuberculosis will develop LTBI. Left untreated, 5% to 10% of those with LTBI will develop active tuberculosis. According to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), screening tools for LTBI exist, including the tuberculin skin test (TST) […]