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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.
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.
When Families Secretly Intervene in Patient Care
It's hard treating individual patients, complicated treating families, and extremely difficult when families want to be "anonymously" involved.
Team Care? Patients, Beware
Who’s in charge of a multidisciplinary team caring for a single patient? Ideally it shouldn’t matter if—and it’s a big if—members can communicate and work together.
Figuring Out the Health Plan Puzzle
With payer complexities so burdensome, I can see why some physicians forgo health plans altogether.
Some Patients Still Make it Worthwhile
This is a short list of the little things that eat away at my energy and goodwill. Thank goodness there are still patients who make it worthwhile.
New Patient Policies Take Time to Work
In theory, prioritizing patients was great. In practice, however, it ran into three obstacles, namely patients, my staff, and referring physicians.
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