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November 13, 2019

The Covenant

Burnout among doctors appears to be at epidemic proportions these days, with concomitant gushing prescriptions for wellness and resilience. But in reality, most doctors are not burned out: most love taking care of patients and want nothing more than to be able to do just that. The source of the agony is the profession—or rather the corporatization of the profession... More


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Published on November 13, 2019 13:04

October 30, 2019

EMR Ménage-à-Trois

EMRs have both breathtaking assets and snarling annoyances. But what started out as a tool — a database to store information more efficiently than the paper chart — has inserted itself as a member of the medical team. What used to be a tango between the doctor and patient is now a troika. More


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Published on October 30, 2019 12:47

September 26, 2019

Gaudeamus Igitur by John Stone

"Gaudeamus Igitur" is one of my favorite poems of all times. John Stone was a poet and cardiologist at Emory University, He wrote this poem (the title means "Therefore, Let us Rejoice" for a graduating class at Emory Medical School. More


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Published on September 26, 2019 20:12

September 17, 2019

Hart Island Podcast

Danielle Ofri talks with Michael T. Keene about New York City, Bellevue Hospital, the medical world, and the some of the history that connects to Hart Island, NYC’s potter’s field since 1869. More


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Published on September 17, 2019 19:56

September 6, 2019

Empathy in the Age of the EMR

We doctors have been reduced to tools of mere data entry. A higher being might peek into our exam room and be unable to distinguish the doctor from the sphygmomanometer. There is at least one upside to this mess, however. The aggressiveness of the EMR’s incursion into the doctor-patient relationship has forced us to declare our loyalties: are we taking care of patients or are we taking care of the EMR? More


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Published on September 06, 2019 10:14

September 1, 2019

Postcall Podcast

Danielle Ofri joins the Postcall Podcast team to discuss challenges in practicing medicine today, where writing fits into everything, and the Bellevue Literary Review. More


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Published on September 01, 2019 06:28

August 26, 2019

Medicine and the Machine podcast

A free-wheeling conversation with Eric Topol, Abraham Verghese and Danielle Ofri on everything from artificial intelligence to literary magazines to “falling in love” with your patients. Listen to the inaugural episode of Medscape’s new “Medicine and the Machine” podcast. More


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Published on August 26, 2019 12:48

June 8, 2019

The Daily Exploitation of Medical Staff

Corporate medicine has milked just about all the “efficiency” it can out of the system. With mergers and streamlining, it has pushed the productivity numbers about as far as they can go. But one resource that seems endless — and free — is the professional ethic of medical staff members. More


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Published on June 08, 2019 18:37

May 5, 2019

Doctor-Writers: What Are the Ethics?

There is a veritable epidemic of doctor-writers out there. What is going on? Are doctors suddenly in the kiss-and-tell mode? What about confidentiality? Professionalism? HIPAA? As one of the aforementioned doctor-writers, I look upon this trend with both awe and trepidation. More


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Published on May 05, 2019 14:35

March 23, 2019

Perchance to Think

In the pressurized world of contemporary outpatient medicine, there is simply no time to think. With every patient, we doctors race to cover the bare minimum, sprinting in subsistence-level intellectual mode because that’s all that’s sustainable. More


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Published on March 23, 2019 07:04