Category Archives: Surgery

Report says hardly any physicians read the medical journals for their particular field. Has era of “evidence-free medicine” finally arrived?

The News: It was not long ago when it was possible for physicians to keep up with the medical literature. A conscientious physician who subscribed to the 3-4 leading journals… Read more »

Study says art courses turn med students into better doctors. Hey lawyers, listen up; engineers, maybe not.

The News: Students who took a course in art observation significantly improved clinical observation and professional development skills, researchers found. Interest in integrating the arts and humanities into medical education… Read more »

Physician burnout, suicide take a toll on everyone, and it’s getting worse. What’s the answer?

The News: Nearly two-thirds of US doctors feel burned out, depressed, or both–and those feelings affect how they relate to patients, according to a survey conducted by Medscape. “One in… Read more »

Study finds recent shift from mechanical heart valves to biologic version proves wrong. My personal take on this sudden, stunning revelation.

The News: New research suggests surgically implanted mechanical valves may offer better long-term survival than biologic prostheses. “We were very surprised to find the benefit of mechanical valves really outlasted… Read more »

Dirty secret about physician burnout: it’s all too real, and patient safety at risk.

The News: The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently called for healthcare organizations and other stakeholders to address physician burnout and stress, among other measures, as a means to improve patient safety… Read more »

Study suggests patients less likely to die if surgeon is female; more patient-centered care and superior communication the likely reason.

The News: Women have long struggled for equal recognition in the male-dominated medical profession, but a new study suggests that female surgeons may have the upper–and possibly steadier–hand. Patients who… Read more »

Although more expensive, study says teaching hospitals save more lives. My personal take.

Perhaps not evident to many patients, there are two kinds of hospitals–teaching and nonteaching–and an intense debate about which is better. Teaching hospitals, affiliated with medical schools, are the training grounds… Read more »

Female doctors edge males with better patient outcomes; simmer down gentleman, and perhaps learn, then do something

New research estimates that if all physicians were female, 32,000 fewer Americans would die every year (among Medicare patients alone). But salaries for female physicians average some $20,000–eight percent–lower than male… Read more »

CDC Warns of Infection Risk after Open Heart Surgery; When to Worry

A federal investigation has concluded that a device used during open-heart (open-chest) surgery that infected at least 12 patients at a Pennsylvania hospital last year was probably contaminated at the plant in… Read more »