The Intimacy Gap

I used to think that there was a communication gulf between doctors and patients. Somewhere in the hub-bub of of the harried office visit some secret sauce was missing. A divide that was so fundamental that both parties often left the room feeling disjointed and uneasy. Patients wondered if doctors truly heard them. Physicians wondered…

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Accompanying the Family

Hola a tod@s, my dear friends. From Asociación Humanizar of Hospital San Juan de Alicante, we have been informed about the following workshop on 25 March: One of the projects of this volunteer is the accompaniment and listening to/with the relatives of the patients admitted to the ICU: welcome them and accompanied by giving them…

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The Human Factor at Emergency Department

Hola a tod@s, my dear friends. Something is changing in the hospital, specially at Emergency Department of the Hospital Universitario San Juan de Alicante. Montserrat Soler, auxiliary nurse, has edited “The Human Factor at Emergency Department,” a guide to humanize care of patients and families in this area of the hospital. Source: alicanteactualidad.com In her…

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My First Lesson in Humility

I remember being more confident that most of my peers. The look of dread on my fellow interns face pre-call, and the fatigue post-call always seemed unnatural to me. Maybe it was on account of my life-long pursuit of medicine. I felt nothing but elation at the newly branded “M” and “D” that came after…

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American Doctors Are Killing Themselves and No One Is Talking About It–By Gabrielle Glaser via the Daily Beast

Originally posted on Disrupted Physician:
Via the Daily Beast:   http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/23/american-doctors-are-killing-themselves-and-no-one-is-talking-about-it.html Excerpt: “Doctors who acknowledge problems with substances or mental health are typically referred to a physicians health program, or PHP. These organizations evaluate, monitor, and treat physicians. Established initially in the 1970s, PHPs, which exist in almost every state, were intended to divert physicians…

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How You Write Becomes You

Many of the people I deal with on a daily basis are decidedly against the practice of including a cover letter with their employment applications. While they may give various reasons at the outset for their reluctance or outright refusal to use them, what it really comes down to eventually is their inability to communicate…

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