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Melissa Young, MD, FACE, FACP, is an endocrinologist in private practice, an assistant clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and a working suburban mother of two in Freehold, N.J.
Pay-for-Performance in Endocrinology
How will pay-for-performance affect specialists who treat the more challenging patients? Our blogger shares her thoughts and concerns.
Balancing Patient Sympathy and Practice Policies
We continue to strive to provide good patient care, but there are only so many hours in a day, and patient tears won't make those hours multiply.
The Value of Continuous Glucose Sensors
Our blogger shares her hope that the potentially life-saving continuous glucose sensors will soon be covered by all health plans.
When the Physician Becomes the Patient
A series of symptoms has left me, a physician, experiencing a series of frustrations as a patient.
Why Do Endocrinologists Burn Out?
Our endo blogger has her theories about why doing what you thought you loved just seems to sap your soul.
Just Call Me Catty—My Colleagues Probably Do
How do you educate a referring physician, or any colleague, without sounding judgmental? I’m not sure you can. Here’s how I tried.
The Numerous Reasons Physician Partnerships Fail
Physicians with different personalities; who are too similar; and with varying workloads are just three reasons partnerships don't work out.
Do NOT Touch the Insulin
Hospital staff or other physicians would never consider changing a chemo or dialysis order. But when it comes to insulin, it’s open season. This needs to stop.
Patient Care Comes Before Physician Friendships
Would I like to be friendly with all the referring docs? Sure. But I won't compromise patient care for the sake of camaraderie.
Worthless Wake-up Calls
When is a lab critical value a true critical value? That is the question that needs to be answered so that we can put an end to 5 am phone calls from the lab--to me.
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