Monthly Archives: March 2019

I don’t plan to buy a home after medical school. Here are 12 reasons why.

43 Shares Share Tweet Share I’m a graduating fourth-year medical student, and as most physicians know, this has been one of the best years of my life. I just matched into my top choice residency and am one step closer to becoming a primary care sports medicine physician, my dream job. Many of my classmates have capitalized … Continue reading

Do not take medical tests as gospel

5 Shares Share Tweet Share During my time in practice, I had at least eight patients who came to me sure they had systemic lupus erythematosus, also commonly called SLE or lupus. This is an autoimmune disease, characterized by joint pain, that can affect almost any organ, including skin, kidneys, brain, and heart, and can … Continue reading

Why it’s important to remove the sutures you place

31 Shares Share Tweet Share As a surgeon who has been practicing for more than 20 years, I have had a front row seat to both positive and negative changes that have taken place in our evolving medical field. As a community hand surgeon who values many of the recent advances in hand surgery, there … Continue reading

What caring for 6 generations can teach new doctors

1 Shares Share Tweet Share “Hi, Doctor Kamajian! I finally got health insurance that I can use to come to see you with my son.” I looked at the chart and realized it had been three years since I had seen her very familiar face. So, before the exam, we chatted and got reacquainted. It … Continue reading

Navigating infertility while training to perform abortions

395 Shares Share Tweet Share I met the medical criteria for infertility one week before starting my journey to becoming an abortion provider. In my second year of residency as a family physician, my husband and I began trying to have a child. At six months without success, we impatiently embarked on an early laboratory … Continue reading

Best jobs for retired physicians: What are the options?

0 Shares Share Tweet Share This article is sponsored by Careers by Even the best of careers must end sometime. Sure, most doctors look forward to retirement, but not every retired physician wants to sit back collecting sea-shells for the rest of his or her life. Whether driven by financial constraints or by that persistent longing to … Continue reading

MKSAP: 60-year-old man with constant low-grade epigastric pain radiating to his back

2 Shares Share Tweet Share Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 60-year-old man is evaluated for constant low-grade epigastric pain radiating to his back that worsens after he eats fatty foods. He has a 2-year history of chronic pancreatitis. The pain has progressively worsened over the … Continue reading

Surprise! Health care can learn a lot from the DMV

50 Shares Share Tweet Share Three years ago, I received a letter in the mail informing me that my driver’s license would be expiring. Almost immediately, I felt a sense of dread because I knew I would have to go to the DMV to renew my license. As a full-time, practicing orthopedic surgeon, running daytime … Continue reading

Blame the pain, not the opioids

503 Shares Share Tweet Share I’ve noticed a frightening trend in the latest research on patients taking prescribed opioids: whatever the negative outcomes, researchers attribute them to the opioid medications instead of the underlying pain. The many detrimental outcomes these studies find are exactly what you’d expect from a person suffering long-term chronic pain. They … Continue reading

How physicians can find meaning in their work

19 Shares Share Tweet Share “Seriously, do you often/very often reflect on how your work helps make the world a better place?” I was recently involved in an email exchange with a colleague when she sent me this line. We will get to the answer to that question at the end. I was disappointed, but … Continue reading