MKSAP: 53-year-old woman with swelling of the face, hands, and feet

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 53-year-old woman is evaluated for a 3-month history of swelling of the face, hands, and feet. She has untreated hepatitis C virus infection. She takes lithium for bipolar disorder. She has no additional symptoms. On physical examination, temperature is normal, […]

Should I go into radiology? A radiologist gives honest answers.

I used to be a surgical resident in the U.K. One day, I was a little dispirited during a brutal call, and my senior resident asked, “Do you love surgery?” “I like surgery,” I replied. “If you don’t love surgery, love it unconditionally I mean — like loving your child — you will be unhappy.” […]

A powerful reminder of medicine’s humbling nature

“A thousand times we die in one life. We crumble, break and tear apart until the layers of illusion are burned away, and all that is left, is the truth of who and what we really are.” The coronary care unit (CCU) rotation is a unique place. Postoperative cardiothoracic surgery patients among many other pathologies […]

Doctors need to take care of each other. Starting now.

I like to think that doctors are still a profession made up of people who want to help others. Sure, there are other benefits to our jobs. The technical challenge, the intellectual rewards, the financial security. But honestly, we do really get a lot from helping others. It’s satisfying to look to your fellow man […]

So you failed maintenance of certification. What now?

What is it like for physicians to fail their ABMS Maintenance of Certification® (MOC) program examination? How does the largest member board of the ABMS, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), respond to doctors who fail their secure examination? Continue reading … Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A […]

Did Obamacare make it easier for patients to see a doctor?

One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) was to increase access to primary care physicians. The notion is that if people have insurance it would be easier for them to get appointments with primary care physicians. This is because many physicians are unwilling to accept new patients who are uninsured. Continue […]