In a podcast presented by Current Psychiatry Hamid R. Tavakoli, MD, talks about how to clarify discussions of altered mental status with clinicians from other disciplines.
Listen to the podcast here.
From OBG Managememt: Here are 10 simple strategies you can use to increase referrals of your practice.
Discussions of medical marketing often begin with the three As: availability, affability, and affordability. But most physicians already think of themselves as available, likeable, and offering appropriately priced services. How do you differentiate yourself from the competition?
Read the article at here.
A study of physician-related factors among patients and family members found that neat grooming was of major importance to 65% of those surveyed, while 59% wanted to see professional attire. In this portion of the study, only 32% felt a while coat was important. However, when presented with the various photographs of physicians, 52% of respondents thought the physician wearing the white coat was the best physician.
In a recent Hospitalist News commentary about the study the author, a chief of hospital medicine at major health system, made this point - patients deserve the very best from physicians so they should get it in every area - including personal grooming.
Read the article
In the latest issue of Clinical Psychiatry News Dr. Paul J. Fink, psychiatrist and consultant in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., and professor of psychiatry at Temple University in Philadelphia, discusses the topic of leaving professional legacies.
Dr. Fink's commentary comes after hearing a talk given on the same topic by Joel Yager delivered to a large group of psychiatric leaders who were in their 70s and 80s about how they might be remembered. He got the impression that many in the audience had not resolved this issue within their own minds and it was clear that they all had struggled with this question. His impressions were confirmed by the tenor of the question-and-answer period that followed the presentation.
Read the full commentary at this link.
Click here to check out the new online Psychiatry Career Center.
Although an electronic medical record (EMR) offers the potential for improving health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety, its use is debated and its implementation is highly complex with the potential for hidden expenses. EMR use in dermatology is expanding as physicians at academic medical centers and private practices rush to take advantage of available government incentives and avoid financial penalties that are scheduled to take effect in 2015 for Medicare and Medicaid providers who fail to make the switch. A recent web exclusive from the CUTIS web site discusses the pros and cons of an EMR from a Dermatology resident's perspective, and describes some challenges it can pose.
We feel the article can be of value to residents across a wide spectrum of specialties. Read it on the CUTIS web site here.
Clear, effective communication is a key component of medical care and an essential element when dealing with patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses. However, establishing effective communication with patients and families can be a challenging task for clinicians. Lack of experience or formal instruction on effective communication and the fear that the news will affect patients and families negatively are barriers encountered by the clinicians.
A recent blog posting in Federal Practitioner discusses a 6-step protocol entitled SPIKES (setting, perception, invitation, knowledge, empathy, strategy/summary) that has been proposed for use in the VA to better assist clinicians in establishing effective communication with patients.
Read about SPIKES in the Federal Practitioner blog here.
Carl I. Schulman, M.D., M.S.P.H., from the University of Miami, and colleagues recently surveyed 600 U.S. medical school admissions officers and residency program directors to assess familiarity with, usage of, and attitudes toward social networking Web sites. The majority of respondents reported being familiar with searching individual profiles on social networking sites. More than half of respondents felt that unprofessional information on applicants' social networking sites could compromise their admission into medical school or residency.
Read the full article here.