As a physician, you’ve spent years mastering your abilities. With all that training, you should have all the skills you need to secure — and perform well at — a job, right? Not necessarily. A recent survey from LinkedIn found that many medical school students don’t always have the skills they need to succeed in the rapidly evolving and heavily competitive healthcare job market.
Topics: cardiothoracic surgery
Telehealth technologies are on the rise. In fact, 71 percent of providers now use some form of the technology. These tools can easily connect patients with their physicians via phone, email or webcam, and in many cases physicians also use them to consult with peers.
Patients can manage their conditions at home by sending their physicians information like heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs.
Topics: technology trends
Can a physician’s age affect whether his or her patient dies? Does physician age impact patient outcomes? Researchers wanted to find out, and what they discovered was surprising.
Researchers in England examined a group of elderly U.S. patients on Medicare who had serious illnesses, required hospital admission and who were being cared for by a hospitalist. They found that the mortality rate rose to 12 percent for those patients who were cared for by physicians aged 60 and up. The mortality rate was a little over 11.3 percent for those aged 50-59, just over 11 percent for those in their 40s and 10.8 percent for those doctors under age 40.
Topics: physician age
Hospital executives may be having trouble sleeping lately due to the ever-changing complexities of our healthcare system. Despite this, administrators can still implement systems that help their facility’s cost-effectiveness and provide optimal patient care. What keeps hospital execs up at night? Here are five concerns.
Topics: Hospital Administration
In 2007, medicine’s most famous feud ended. For 40 years, Drs. Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley had barely spoken to each other. It started in 1960 when Cooley left DeBakey’s practice to work at St. Luke’s Hospital in Texas — and eventually start the Texas Heart Institute.
Fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, lack of motivation, forgetfulness, suicidal thoughts … If a patient described these telling symptoms of burnout, you’d take them seriously. As a surgeon, you are 15 times more likely to experience burnout than any other professional, and that number just keeps getting higher. The current medical climate is a landmine for practitioners, and part of the solution lies in understanding burnout, and how medical professionals and hospitals can be proactive in handling it.
In 2011, physicians earned around $206,000, according to Medscape. Now, just six years later, they are earning almost $100,000 more. Find out below what’s behind this salary increase, what your peers in various specialties make and what they like and dislike about their jobs. Here are five interesting things to know about physician compensation in 2017.
Topics: physician compensation
“Not a day goes by when this flowmeter doesn’t solve a problem for me.” - BP Mindich, MD
During coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), Transonic Flowmeters are used to measure the flow of blood through newly anastomosed bypass grafts.
The International Federation of Health Plans was founded in 1968 by a group of health insurance industry leaders, and is now the leading global network of the industry, with 80 member companies in 25 countries. Its goal is to assist in the maintenance of high ethical and professional standards throughout the industry.
Topics: CABG Surgery
The beginning of a new year is often a time of reflection and looking to the future, and the world of medicine is no different. In the past year, we have seen how new technologies have impacted cardiothoracic surgery as well as how technology influences interactions between patients and physicians.
Here, we look at more technology advances that can impact medicine in 2017.
Topics: technology trends