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Did you forget to thank someone? There’s still time. →

I’m a family physician in Eugene, Oregon—a sweet town where folks are pretty darn friendly.  I still do house calls. Patients often surprise me with gifts. And nearly every appointment ends with a hug.

Kindness is contagious.

I like to return the favor. So every few weeks I celebrate “patient appreciation day.” I thank patients with balloons and chocolates.

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7 steps to get what you need from your doctor—fast! →

7 steps to get what you need from your doctor

Sick of phone trees, endless refill requests, packed waiting rooms, out-of-control bills, and other medical misadventures?  Follow these 7 simple steps to get your doctor to do what you want.

1. Get Organized. Be clear about what you need from your appointment. Make a comprehensive list of all the issues you want to discuss—and your ideal outcomes for each.

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Doctor’s Fantasy: leave psychiatry to sell Tupperware →

Tupperware

Dear Pamela:

I can’t tell if I’m burned out or just don’t like being a doctor. My own medical school experience was so abusive. I wonder how other students like me fare when they enter abusive residency programs. I supposedly work at a place that values patients above all else,

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Simple Trick Makes the Right Diagnosis →

Stethoscope

Just a friendly reminder . . . .

🙂 Pamela

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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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