Burnout Shouldn’t Be Dismissed

Burnout Shouldn’t Be Dismissed

There is a prevalence in professions of all kinds to dismiss the youngsters and the new kids as newbies, wimps, and inexperienced whiners.  Partly it’s the generation gap, the inability of two different age groups to look eye-to-eye after having lived through different eras at different times in their lives.  But while older doctors tend to look at burnout as a thing that happens to interns and residents, the term has been around for decades and older doctors are, if anything, more likely to suffer burnout than young doctors who have recently survived their residency.

A Quick Look At The Top Medical Schools

A Quick Look At The Top Medical Schools

Let’s face it:  the top medical schools in America aren’t at the top because their textbooks are somehow more accurate than a less expensive school’s or because their professors are all the best at teaching, they’re at the top because they provide students with connections that can get them high-paying jobs and a name on their résumé which can open a lot of doors. 

3 Steps To Get Into Medical School

3 Steps To Get Into Medical School

The medical profession demands a lot more years in school than the average career, and medical schools don’t let just anyone into their ranks.  This is especially true of the big schools whose names alone can get you hired to the hospital of your choice, and they look for more than just a perfect MCAT score when they’re deciding whom to let in and whom to put on the endless waiting list.

Are Scribes Worth It for My Medical Practice?

The days of a quickly written, barely legible, assessment and plan for your clinic patients are long gone. There are certainly pros and cons regarding the evolution to more thorough medical documentation. Advantages aside, medical documentation especially of the “Electronic” variety is awkward, slow, repetitive, and impersonal. Assuming your practice has already made the transition to an electronic health record, you have probably seen a significant drop in productivity and a decline in provider satisfaction.

Scribes Keep Things Organized

Scribes Keep Things Organized

When people used a professional medical scribe, like the ones we train at ProScribe, it’s often the case that clients don’t realize just how much of a difference a scribe can make in a clinic or ED. They may understand superficially that a scribe is helping to take some of the load off of more administrative or bureaucratic activities, but that usefulness can go far beyond typical expectation.

Scribes Can Help Tell The Story

Scribes Can Help Tell The Story

Often when talking about how a professional medical scribe can help in a medical setting, the obvious benefits are that a scribe will listen to a doctor or nurse practitioner, taking down the notes a clinician would otherwise have to make for him or herself, and then go on to enter that documentation into the EHR, saving the actual medical staff a lot of time and allowing them to concentrate on the patient, not the patient’s required forms.

Good Scribes Are About Good Budgets

Good Scribes Are About Good Budgets

One of the most common arguments that the management of a clinic, or the department heads at a hospital will have about the idea of bringing a medical scribe into a facility is the concern about expense. Few medical facilities have stacks of money just lying around for impulsive spending, and many believe that bringing in a scribe, with the attendant salary and possible employee benefits that may entail, is just an added expense that will severely impact the overall budget.

Politicians Want Prescription-Tracking Databases, But Doctors Disagree

Politicians Want Prescription-Tracking Databases, But Doctors Disagree

America has a growing problem with prescription opioids.  The number of people abusing drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin only seem to be growing from one year to the next, and it’s unavoidably true that the number of overdose deaths from opioid overdoses, including overdoses from both legal prescription drugs and illegal drugs like heroin, are only going up.  At this point, opioid overdose has surpassed car accidents as the number one preventable fatality among adults.

OpenNotes Says Doctors Should Share Their Opinions

OpenNotes Says Doctors Should Share Their Opinions

There’s a movement within the medical community called OpenNotes which is quickly gaining traction across the United States.  The idea is that doctors should share their notes with their patients, who do have a right to see them, and while some physicians are leery at first, the implementation of OpenNotes has received nothing but positive feedback.

New York Is Taking Prescriptions Online

New York Is Taking Prescriptions Online

The prescription pad (along with prescription printouts) has long been a fixture of modern medicine.  Much like a personal check, it’s important to have that piece of paper with a doctor’s signature on it so that a pharmacist can be sure a prescription is legitimate before he or she fills it.  Just like modern personal checks, however, prescriptions are starting to go completely online.

Where Have All The GPs Gone?

Where Have All The GPs Gone?

It’s been true for decades or even longer that specialty fields are where you find all the money when it comes to the field of medicine.  When a doctor encounters an illness that’s at all serious, the specialist comes in to save the day by providing just the right diagnosis and treatment plan, curing the patient and getting all the credit in the process.

Rural Doctors Need All The Help They Can Get

Rural Doctors Need All The Help They Can Get

Every state seems to be suffering from a shortage of primary care doctors, it seems, but the states that are hardest hit are those which are mostly rural, such as Idaho and Kentucky.  Small towns and farming communities just can’t seem to find enough physicians to serve their needs, especially where mental health professionals are concerned, and as such the health of these areas is in serious trouble.