Port Angeles doctor opens ideal clinic—designed by patients →

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It’s like a scene from a fairy tale—a dream come true for the patients of Port Angeles, Washington. And the heroine of this tale is Dr. Lissa Lubinski, a family doc with a plan to open the first ideal clinic designed by patients on the Olympic Peninsula. She is currently hosting town hall meetings throughout her community and the town is rallying in support of their awesome doctor. If you are a Live Your Dream graduate, please contact me to listen to an amazing interview with Lissa.

Practice pearls of wisdom:

Dr. Lissa Lubinski will open an ideal clinic designed by her community on June 1, 2017.

She led town hall meetings to listen to what the people in Port Angeles want from her. She inspired great community participation. Here’s her flyer:

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During her March 11th town hall 52 people showed up. She collected 49 pages of testimony from excited citizens who want to be a part of the community clinic.

Lissa was surprised by how many citizens offered to volunteer at the clinic.

The best thing she learned is that patients want an integrative healing experience with a lending library, cooking classes, plus lots of networking and community building. Read actual testimony:

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She plans additional town halls at the local organic farm store, a women’s gym, and at an outdoor community center.

Dr. Lubinski used to have up to 15 migraines per month at her prior job. Now she’s feeling great!

Turns out community-designed clinics are great health care for all.

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Want an ideal clinic in your town? Watch a quick 1-minute video on how it’s done. 

 

Leave your comments for Dr. Lissa Lubinski below. 

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Sleep-deprived doctors dying in car crashes →

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Sleep-deprived doctors are dying in car crashes at an alarming rate around the world. And beginning July 1, 2017 the US will now force new doctors to work up to 28-hour shifts. So the death toll is likely to rise.Thousands of lives have already been sacrificed including not only doctors, but hospitalized patients, and innocent people on the roads. Today I share the lives of six doctors and a passenger we lost to physician fatigue.

Lauren Connelly, M.D., of Scotland.

Just 7 weeks into her medical career at a Scottish hospital, Lauren died in a car crash after working a grueling night shift and100-hour work weeks. She was just days from her 24th birthday. Hospitals in Scotland (and around the world) expect doctors to work long shifts with no breaks and many have shut down their hospital sleeping quarters so doctors have no place to rest even at the end of a shift. Doctors-in-training are forced to work inhumane hours that would be unacceptable in any other profession. A colleague stated, “If Lauren had gone into law, architecture or accountancy – anything but medicine – she would still be alive today. That’s the truth of it.”

Ronak Patel, M.D., of the United Kingdom.

An anesthesiologist in training, Ronnie Patel tried to keep himself awake by singing to his wife on a hands-free phone after a long shift at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in Suffolk. He never made it home. He crashed just 3 miles from his house and was declared dead at the scene after crossing the median in a head-on collision with a large truck. Medical professionals have the worst road accident rates, more than double the rate of other British workers.

Naveed Farooki, M.D., of the United States. 

Sheila Farooki shares, My uncle was an ENT surgeon and was driving home after call. He crashed his Mitsubishi Montero into a house and it rolled over and he was instantly killed on Father’s Day 2002.”

Ilene Markwat, M.D., of South Africa.

After working more than 24 hours in the obstetrics unit of Paarl Hospital, Dr. Markwat, a first-year doctor, died in a car crash on her way home. She veered into oncoming traffic and killed a passenger in another car. The surviving passenger who lost his bride-to-be (Carol Mostert) stated, “I am a long-distance truck driver, if you are tired, you sleep. She was supposed to have slept when she felt tired. If she was not working those long hours, that accident would not have happened. Doctors are there to help us, not kill us.” Many doctors work an average 300 hours per month. 

Jessica S. Lin, M.D., of the United States.

An accomplished violinist and fifth-year neurosurgery resident from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Jessica died in a fatigue-related car crash. Her dear friend from medical school writes, “She drove over a median into a tractor trailer after a 30+ hour shift. She left behind her family, including a twin sister and her fiance. She was 30.”

Sobby Mathew, M.D., of the United States.

A physician friend writes, “During my third year of family medicine residency, an intern died exactly the same way—she fell asleep at the wheel on the interstate and drove across the median into a semi. She was so full of life and happy. Such a cheerful, compassionate, and loving woman. We found out when she didn’t show up for work on her next call shift that morning.” Her life is now celebrated with The Sobby Mathew MD Award  presented to an intern who is hard-working, open-minded, supportive, and selfless; and who demonstrates compassion and a caring attitude for patients.

All of these beautiful and compassionate people should still be with us today. This is a tribute to my brothers and sisters in medicine and those innocent lives lost in hospitals and on the roadways due to our fatigued physicians forced to work inhumane hours in hospitals that routinely violate their human rights to rest, eat, and sleep.

So what’s being done to address sleep deprivation among doctors? This week the ACGME (the governing body that controls post-graduate medical education in the USA) has actually voted to extend the work hours on first-year doctors from 16 to 28-hour shifts with up to 80 hours per week now permitted. Let the ACGME and Dr. Thomas Nasca know how you feel about their decision to allow doctors to work 28 hours without sleep. Submit your letter to the ACGME at 401 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60611 and email Dr. Nasca: tnasca@acgme.org (and please also post on the blog)

There’s no organization tracking the thousands of deaths among doctors due to unsafe working conditions. Have you lost a loved one as a result of physician fatigue? Please add your story in the comment section below. 

More stories of sleep-deprived doctors dying

Why pilots & truckers don’t work 28-hour shifts

Pamela Wible, M.D., reports on human rights violations in medicine. She is author of Physician Suicide Letters—Answered. View her TEDMED talk Why doctors kill themselves. Need help? Contact Dr. Wible.

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