Celebrate Medicine, Medicine, Personal Finance

Ghosts of Christmas Future

Compared to most doctors, I’m still optimistic when it comes to the practice of clinical medicine.  Despite routinely seeing dead people, I still think it is a privilege to care for patients. Even though a medical career may leave a trail of civilian casualties in its wake, there is no other job I’d rather do. […]

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Celebrate Medicine, Humor, Laugh, Medicine

The Hospitalist

Once upon a night shift dreary while I sutured weak and weary With bloodshot eyes and vision bleary, drunks who fell upon their floor. While I nodded, nearly napping suddenly there came a tapping As of someone gently rapping – Rapping at the triage door. ‘Tis some visitor I muttered tapping at my triage door. Only […]

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Celebrate Medicine, Laugh, Medicine

What Your Allergy List Says About You

I love studying people and what makes them tick.  If you really pay attention you can quickly figure out what motivates them and what they’re afraid of.   As an ER doc I get plenty of practice meeting complete strangers and sizing them up based on a few context clues. Year after year, patient after […]

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Celebrate Medicine, Comedy, Laugh, Medicine

Specialty Beers

In celebration of Oktoberfest, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has finally named an official beer for each specialty.  Through much debate and deliberation, the leaders of the major physician organizations have agreed on the beers that best represents their members. Prior to finalizing their decision, they have submitted their choices for a 90 […]

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Earn More Money, Maps, Medicine, Personal Finance

Supply and Demand

One of the basic concepts of a free market is supply and demand.  The scarcer the supply of a good or service, the higher the price.  We see this all the time in our daily lives.  Have you ever needed to call an electrician or plumber at midnight for an emergency?  You’re at their mercy. […]

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Earn More Money, Medicine, Side hustle

Cheap Certifications Worth Big Bucks

Most attending physicians feel locked in their specialty choice. You spent years in residency and some spent even more years in fellowship. The thought of taking a 80% pay cut to start a new residency working 80 hours a week is completely unpalatable. At this point in my career quitting my job to do another […]

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