What it’s like to be a physician–Another view

America’s civil war on doctors (by Rebekah Bernard, MD) I recently saw the movie, Captain America: Civil War. If you haven’t seen it yet (no spoilers), the United Nations decides that because of civilian fatalities during previous Avenger battles, the world would be safer if all superheroes voluntarily subjugate themselves to the authority of an organized government body. Sounds good to some of the Avengers; after all, innocent…

Challenges of being a physician

Another topic which I hope to expand into a series–what it’s REALLY like to be a practicing primary care physician in 2016. It wasn’t long after my entry into medical school that it quickly became evident that it’s impossible to know everything.  I tried, but some topics like biochemistry were like Teflon to my brain.  I could remember those reactions in the Krebs cycle long…

Health Literacy–How to recognize health scams

Beginning with this blog entry, I will start a discussion on the topic of health literacy.  This is not just the ability to read and write, but it means having knowledge about important health issues that we face from day to day. Vunerability to health misinformation is one result of inadequate health literacy.  Sometimes the deception is deliberate, as in health care scams, promoting worthless…