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Why medical conferences feel like funerals →

DeathByDespair

A friend just got back from a big medical conference at a fancy hotel. The cleaning ladies actually pulled her aside to ask, “What’s with all the grim faces and sad eyes?”

Do doctors realize medical conferences look like funerals? That’s what the cleaning ladies think.

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I may not accept your insurance, but I will always accept you →

Accept Insurance:YOU

Just for the record: I am happy to see you—irrespective of your insurance.

I accept most insurance plans. And if I don’t accept your insurance, I have a very good reason.

I will not sign a contract with a health insurer that:

Abuses and bullies me and/or my patients.

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Some Doctors Are Afraid of Vaginas. Really. →

I’m a doctor. And doctors aren’t squeamish. We love blood and guts. But not all docs can handle genitalia.

In med school, a gay classmate was completely grossed out by gynecology. When I asked how things were going, he said, “After this month, I never want to see another vagina again.”

Some docs find respite in specialties.

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Should You Be Intimate with Your Doctor? →

Pamela Wible

A new patient calls for an appointment. I ask, “What would you like to come in for?”

“Depression. Two weeks ago my doctor put me on antidepressants.”

“Why don’t you see your current doctor?” I ask.

“I feel weird discussing my emotions with someone who doesn’t have any.”

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Why Health Care Lacks Love →

I am a woman doctor, but I inherited a patriarchal medical model. A patriarchal medical model rewards male values.

MALE VALUES:

  • Speed
  • Volume
  • Bigness 
  • Toughness
  • Graphs
  • Charts
  • Algorithms
  • Proof
  • Strength
  • Fighting
  • War metaphors

But I am a woman doctor.

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