Category Archives: Surgery

Physician burnout taking center stage; what patients should know as burnout percentage soars.

The News: Nearly half of medical residents report burnout during their second year of residency, and 1 in 7 report regretting their career choice, according to a prospective study published online last… 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 »