Category: Physicians

Healthcare’s Age of Acceleration

  I recently finished Thomas Friedman’s excellent book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. In it, Friedman makes that case that we are living through an unparalleled time, marked by what he calls “accelerations” that are happening faster than humans are able to adapt.  He argues that we ...

On Getting Burned by Population Health Thinking: (Why has a Decade of Intervention not Prevented More Deaths From Brain Aneurysms?)

In our house we take a lot of fizzy vitamin C to prevent colds in the winter. As doctors, my wife and I both know that science doesn’t support our decision… We take it anyway. We shouldn’t. After all, the well respected Cochrane group (which grades and distills multiple studies into a single “meta-analysis”) clearly ...

A Few Thoughts on “Culture” in Healthcare

The big news in Boston healthcare last week was the announcement that Tufts and Boston University Medical Centers were calling off their proposed merger.  The Boston Globe wrote:  Although they did not specify why the deal fell apart, the hospitals were apparently unable to overcome differences in culture, mission, and strategies for the future, analysts ...

A Flood of Medical Information Has Overwhelmed the Craft Business of Medicine: What’s Next?

If recent popular posts on the big physician blogs are any indication, some US physicians are beginning to crack. Three of the most read recent posts on KevinMD are on the topics of physician burnout, knowing when to quit medicine and—frighteningly– on the conditions that lead physicians to suicide. Along with my now quotidian experiences interacting with ...