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What I’ve Learned About Communication From My Doctor

It all starts with that voice mail system from hell. The message that drones on far too long, and the options menu that leads to another options menu that leads to…well, you get the idea. You may have…


Sick of Being Rushed During Hospital Visits? How the Future of Health Care is Changing

Private physicians. Concierge medicine. Boutique practices. Direct care physicians. Retainer practices. All of these names refer to a new breed of private medicine that focuses on reinstating the p…


3 Ways to Be an Empowered Patient

No, Angelina Jolie isn't telling you to have preventive surgery. Her message is far more important than that. When Ms. Jolie used a New York Times op-ed to announce her double mastectomy in 2013, s…


The Difference Between Doctors and Nurse Practitioners

Doctors—especially those who practice primary care and gerontology— are in increasingly short supply, so it's not uncommon for patients nowadays to spend more time with physician assistants (PA) and n…


How To Find the Right Doctor: 7 Important Steps

Finding the right doctor can be a hassle, but it's definitely worth the effort. Even when you have a doctor you like, if you develop a serious or chronic health condition, chances are you're going to …


7 Reasons to Fire Your Doctor

A bad relationship with your doctor can be stressful — and dangerous. If you have a major health concern or chronic health condition, there's probably a specialist in your life. Finding the right spec…


5 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You Unless You Ask

If you want to make the most out of your time with your doctor, you've got to be honest. Keeping important details to yourself may harm you in the long run. Doctors also know a lot of things we don't…


Does Your Doctor Touch You?

Aside from a physical exam, does your doctor touch you? By touching, I mean does your doctor look you in the eye and treat you as a whole human being? Touch your hand...perhaps even offer a hug whe…


The Doctor-Patient Relationship: Part Two

I recently wrote about the Doctor-Patient Relationship of the broken, outdated, patriarchal health care system of The Old Medicine. Today, I’m going out on a limb to suggest a new kind of Doctor-Pa…


The Doctor-Patient Relationship: Part One

When I was training to become a physician, the rules of the broken, outdated, patriarchal medical system were made clear to me. They went something like this. The Old Medicine As your doctor, I …


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