December 18, 2017

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Trump’s Super Sperm

Dr. Jen

Ah-hah. That title grabbed you! Then you will definitely find this post amusing, if not informative. Seems Ivana claims that the Donald got her pregnant three times with an IUD in place. This announcement caused our old friend Jen Gunter, Twitter’s unofficial Ob/Gyn, to express some humorous disbelief based on the science of IUD’s. Could one fail?  Possibly! Three failures? Go Figure!

Bottom Line. Jen’s punchline here is a hoot. While Putin is riding around on a horse shirtless, lifting weights and wrestling bears to prove his manhood, Trump is out-sperming IUD’s.

 The mind boggles!

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December 15, 2017

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Listen to Letters About Physician Suicide

Dr. Wible

Yup. You read that title correctly. Go to this link, and you can hear Dr. Pamela Wible read from her own book that gives an inside view of her own perspective on physician suicide. A perspective that has grown out of her own experiences and the self-inflicted deaths of many physicians close to her.

We’ve talked about her work before. BUT. Actually listening to her talk about it brings us up close and personal to the message she works so hard to convey.

Bottom Line. Damn it!  I’ve written about this once too often to not do anything about it. I just wrote to Pamela, volunteering my services in any way she thinks someone with my background can help her cause. I suggested, for example, that we work together to craft a training class for Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives. As I am conceiving of it, the class would sensitize PSR’s to the risk of physician burnout and suicide. At the least, it would train them to avoid making matters worse through their actions. At best, Reps could become part of the solution, through providing access to resources like Pamela’s book, webinars, retreats, etc. 

Update. Within moments, Dr. Wible took me up on my offer. Now I want you to jump in and let me know how you and your company can help here.  ’ve never asked any of my followers to do anything but follow. BUT. This is really important! Drop me a line at rbv@rbv3.com and let me know what you can bring to this effort. For example, we are looking for opportunities and sponsorship for the screening of http://donoharmfilm.com

Thanks in advance!

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December 14, 2017

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Facebook Looks for Potential Suicides

Check this out. What you will see is a Reuters article that describes how Facebook is further ramping up its use of artificial intelligence to recognize suicide risks in the verbiage of member posts. Importantly, Facebook not only has the ability to recognize such threats, they also have developed the ability to intervene, in multiple […]

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December 13, 2017

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Physician Burnout-No Simple Solution!

Here is an article that cuts right to the chase. “Physician Burnout,” a term previously heard seldom if ever, is claimed by this article to be the direct result of medicine morphing from a clinical focus to a business focus. Quite simply, business is not what most doctors signed up for, and is not something […]

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December 12, 2017

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What Does A “Hospital” Do?

Check out this Forbes article. What you will see is the revelation that hospitals, major hospitals, are losing money. The situation is bad now, and likely to get worse. Why? Simple. Years ago, hospitals were places where people went to die. The costs of maintaining the beds necessary for this role were fairly low. Scroll […]

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December 11, 2017

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Healers vs. Pencil Pushers

Check out this post from the physician/author pictured above. Interesting at a couple of different levels. First, Suneel’s point is clearly that the number of medical administrators in the U.S. is growing much faster than the number of physicians. I’m guessing that this is correct. BUT. I did a double take, and noticed that the […]

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December 8, 2017

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I Am Not Quite Sure Why …

But I think you should go here and look around. What you will see are the musings of a physician who takes relating to patients to a new level. He spends significant amounts of time meditating “on the mat,” attempting to get better connected to himself so that he can get better connected to patients. […]

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December 7, 2017

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Navigating the Healthcare System

As Dr. Linda, a clear-thinking PCP observes in this piece, many patients need help in negotiating the complexities of the “Healthcare System.”  Translated, this means that getting procedures, medications, etc. authorized for payment can be a real challenge. She goes on to point out, however, that there are principles for patients to follow in getting […]

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December 6, 2017

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It Should Start Early

We’ve talked a lot about physician burnout. We have often referred you to the works of Pamela Wible, a physician who runs retreats and mounts other interventions in an effort to minimize the number of cases in which physician burnout results in suicide. BUT. While these efforts are meaningful and important, maybe they are just […]

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December 5, 2017

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Layoffs at WebMD

What is WebMD? I remember when it was a startup, aimed at communicating with/advertising to physicians. It has morphed many times in the ensuing years, and as the recent 10% staff cut indicates, is in the process of morphing again. Bottom Line. Healthcare communications aimed at physicians and patients is a very crowded space. Given […]

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