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Sensing Savvy

How to Prepare for a Locum Tenens Assignment

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jan 10, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Working locum tenens can have several benefits for you regardless of your specialty. In fact, according to NALTO, the National Association for Locum Tenens Organizations, locum tenens is one of the fastest growing career paths for physicians today, and for good reason. Practicing locum tenens can help prevent burnout and can be less stressful than permanent positions. Not only that, it can provide more flexibility for family or personal needs.

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Topics: locum tenens

Profile of Excellence: Dr. G. Alexander Patterson

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jan 8, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Washington University Chief of Surgery
90th AATS President (2009-2010)

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Physician Satisfaction: Why Many Intend to Cut Back Hours Practicing

Posted by Tim Callahan on Jan 3, 2018 7:30:00 AM

By 2025 it’s projected there will be a deficit of 90,000 physicians. That’s even after accounting for an increase in advanced practice practitioners that will be needed as the population ages.

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Topics: Physician Satisfaction

Profile of Excellence: Dr. David J. Sugarbaker

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jan 2, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Chief, Division of General Thoracic Surgery the Director of the Baylor College of Medicine Lung Institute at CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston, TX94th
AATS President (2013-2014)

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Topics: CABG Surgery

4 Things You Need for a Successful Dialysis Care Team Huddle

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Dec 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you’ve ever played a game of telephone, you know how easy it is for a single message to be misinterpreted. The difference between miscommunication in a children’s game versus your dialysis clinic is the potential for patient harm. In fact, failures of communication are the reason for 70% of 2455 sentinel events, with 75% of those events resulting in patient death.

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Topics: patient communication

3 Tips for Physicians to be More Productive

Posted by Tim Callahan on Dec 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Becoming more productive as a physician can often feel like trying to tame a wild horse: Just when you think you have things under control, you get bucked off the ride. Maybe you struggle with managing an overwhelming number of responsibilities, or have challenges committing to your calendar. Whatever the case, we’ve outlined some ways to dust yourself off and get back in the saddle.

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How the Post-Op Risk Assessments of General Surgery & Internal Medicine Residents Compare

Posted by Tim Callahan on Dec 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Whether you’re an internist or a general surgeon, you want to provide surgically complex patients with the best evaluation possible for their postsurgical risk for complications. But according to a recent investigation published by the JAMA Network, you might be overestimating the risk, regardless of your medical training.

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Patient Prejudice Against Doctors: What's Behind It?

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Dec 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Nearly 60 percent of doctors report they experience bias from patients in the form of offensive remarks about race, gender, ethnicity and age, according to a survey from Medscape.

Have you ever experienced or heard of a colleague experiencing the following?

  • A patient request for a doctor of a different race, despite the physician attending to him or her being the most qualified for the procedure the patient needs
  • A prejudiced remark from a patient that an attending hears but does not address?

Anecdotes like these are plenty, but why do they occur and do they affect patient care?

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Kidney Care News to Know

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Dec 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

U.S. Renal Care Names Michael Huguelet Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer

Huguelet previously held positions with North Star Anesthesia and DaVita. Prior to becoming involved in the kidney care space, he was involved in investment banking. The executive vice president and chief development officer is a newly created position for U.S. Renal Care.

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How Patients Choose Physicians

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Dec 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

How do patients choose a physician or surgeon? That seems to be the million-dollar question for many physician practices and hospitals, and according to whom you ask, the answer is usually different.

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