It’s more likely that we are acutely more aware of the battery life left in our smartphones than we are of the battery life left within ourselves. It’s no surprise that healthcare workers deal with their fair share of high stress and high risk situations, so it should also come as no surprise that we suffer from Burnout Syndrome. Work environments are constantly changing. Patient … Continue reading Burn Out, Real or Nah?
Anybody doing less work than they did a year ago? Two Years ago? I frequently ask this question in my classes and no one, not one person that works in an active clinical practice could actually say yes. America faces an increasing shortage of physicians. The multiple reasons for this shortage could fill several pages. The Annals of Family Medicines projects the shortage of primary … Continue reading Think You Are Overworked Now? Just Wait…
Are you giving your staff the tools to tame the lion? Put out the fire? Protect themselves and the patients? “We want to believe human violence is somehow beyond our understanding, because as long as it remains a mystery, we have no duty to avoid it, explore it, or anticipate it.” The Gift of Fear by Gavin Becker Many healthcare organizations are requiring employees to … Continue reading Defuse Crisis Situations with CPI Training (Nonviolent Crisis Intervention)
Spring weather has assisted many travelers to fly South to obtain training in OB/Gyn ultrasound. AHEC has hosted multiple training events this quarter with the January and February classes closing at full registration. The training classes for OB/Gyn spend one half of the training time utilizing the ultrasound equipment and volunteer patients in real-time scanning. The Center is fortunate to have multiple referral sources that … Continue reading 2017 Spotlight on OB Ultrasound Training
Spring brings a special type of guest to AHEC for training. Inspectors/reviewers for medical uses of radioactive materials will come to the Houston Center for one to two weeks of specialized training to assist them in understanding the medical procedures involved with radioactive materials. The first training sessions are scheduled March 6 – 10 and 13 – 17. The training is done through contract with … Continue reading Advanced Health Education Center Sponsors March Class for NRC
One of my favorite late night shows was Jay Leno and his segments on “Jaywalking” This segment had Jay going to a public park or boardwalk and interviewing people with common questions. The questions were generally current events, current politics, or some common knowledge such as the capital of a state, or my favorite Question: “Why did women burn their bras in the ‘60”s (meaning … Continue reading Is It Apathy or Is It Ignorance?
“Jimmy Clark figures he has only so much time left, maybe five years in a best-case scenario, less than two if things go south quick. He’s trying to stay positive, knocking things off his bucket list, but he knows the deterioration that comes with ALS portends a gradual loss of the ability to speak, move, eat, and breathe. Clark, a 59-year-old Texarkana retailer, wants to … Continue reading The “Right-To-Try” Before I Die
Several of my friends, independently, have told me their stories about their experiences with Obamacare. All the stories are similar in many ways and entail recounting of large deductibles and small coverage. The news media has recounted different stories, each with a different problem, but basically all with the same theme. My favorite of the most recent ones in my realm is of a wife … Continue reading Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?
It was reported last week by CNN that at least 40 veterans have died waiting for treatment at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System. They revealed the secret list that patients were shuttled to when they didn’t have time nor room to serve them They did this to hide the fact that thousands of veterans were waiting months to get an appointment. The whistleblower … Continue reading Broken Trail of Promises at the VA Hospitals
Last August, a primary care physician made headlines because he refused to treat a woman because he said she weighed too much. Several months before OB-Gyn physicians in another state made similar headlines. In fact, in a survey conducted by a local newspaper, 15% of the area OB-Gyn physicians had set weight limits for taking new patients. Many were setting the cutoff at 200 pounds. … Continue reading Do physicians have a moral obligation to treat obese patients?