Doris G. Bartuska, M.D. draws from current literature to offer principles and recommendations to guide physicians in their approach to alternative medicine, including physician attitude, patient consultation and medical school curricula.Read More »
GME and the physician labor market
The evolution of physician training and the resulting physician oversupply problem is laid out by Steven St. Peter, M.D. Solutions to this problem have sought reduction in international medical graduates and have even begun to pay hospitals not to train physicians. A rational approach must be taken, argues St. Peter, that does not leave the outcome to the vagaries of the free market.Read More »
Who needs doctors?
Loss of personal choice of one’s doctor leads to the more central question of whether doctors are really necessary at all. A satirical look at the possibilities available.Read More »
Program for physician empowerment
Gary C. Brown, M.D., offers a five-step plan for physicians to challenge the health care industry trend toward decreasing physician autonomy. Physicians must learn the business language, collaborate effectively, decrease the rate of rise in number of physicians, take active political roles and halt the trend of physicians selling their practices.Read More »
What happened to the profession?
Paul J. Fink, M.D., reflects upon the erosion of significance plaguing the medical profession, and its impact on medical education. Physicians must transcend feelings of powerlessness and guilt if they are to overcome that erosion.Read More »
Physician unions: Bad for them and us
Physician unions will erode physicians' greatest asset: the relationship they have with their patients, argues James Unland, acting executive director of Millennium Physician Organization.Read More »
Hazards ahead for AMCs
Gordon K. MacLeod, M.D., itemizes warning signs for medical education’s future. The signs represent a trend to be reckoned with.Read More »
Pennsylvania physician survey 1996
Dissatisfaction with medical practice is higher than you might expect. Learn how doctors in the state view medical savings accounts, single payer system and other policy priorities, and how for-profit marketplace priorities compare to those views.Read More »
An Essay on Medical Education in Philadelphia 1971-1996
A brief history of its transformation in three phases: visionary, consensual and corporate, as experienced by Fredric D. Burg, M.D., former vice dean for education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.Read More »
Turning Lankenau into a heart hospital?
A member of the medical staff questions the wisdom of this and other possibilities.Read More »