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Interview with Dr. Pamela Wible: Pioneer of Community-Designed Health Care →

Dr Pamela Wible has been described as medicine’s Martin Luther King. Born into a family of physicians, her parents warned her not to pursue medicine. She followed her heart only to discover that to heal her patients she had to first heal her profession. So she led a series of town hall meetings inviting citizens to design the clinic of their dreams.

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Preventing Physician Suicide, Depression, Burnout →

Turn off your cell phone. Get off the grid. Take a deep breath and say, “Ah . . .” You are invited to Live Your Dream: Revolutionize Your Medical Practice, a healing retreat for physicians at Breitenbush Hot Springs.

Take refuge with like-minded colleagues who realize that healing health care begins within.

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Yes, Men Need Pap Smears Too! →

Go ahead and laugh, but it’s true. Men get Pap smears too.

Not all men. Just high-risk men who have sex with men.

The female Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer, which is a sexually-induced cancer caused by the Human Papillomavirus. The Human Papillomavirus is also easily transmitted to the anus in men who have sex with men.

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Love Is Medicine →

It’s Valentine’s Day 1997. I’m at Sacred Heart Hospital admitting a colleague’s patient—an elderly man dying of heart disease. On oxygen, gasping for life, he exchanges no words. His wife—unable to bear the pain of watching him die—leaves the room. So it’s just the two of us this Valentine’s Eve.

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Tribute to a Cowboy Doctor →


After two decades of formal education, today I’m finally set loose with real patients. It’s the actual moment I’ve been waiting for my entire life.

We’re each assigned to a family doc for the month. I scroll down the list of third-year medical students, place my right index finger beside my name,

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