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Docs' Biggest Medical Regrets

We'd like to only remember the good things we've done in life and forget the bad, but that's not how our minds work. Everyone lives with a few regrets from their personal lives and careers. We asked a few doctors to share some of their biggest regrets in medicine.


Difficult Patients

In the rush of daily practice it is easy to miss what patients are feeling. But often just a few minutes of mindful attention can make all the difference.

Patients can sometimes be vague when talking about how they reacted to a medication a doctor has prescribed.

Here's one patient that has his mind made up on what he should do when he is told he is perfectly healthy.


As the medical community grapples with opioid prescription, one doctor says she has seen first-hand that these medications do not cure chronic pain.


The most difficult conversation that this doctor' faces is when she declines to prescribe inappropriate antibiotics for a patient who wants them.

Some patients are noncompliant or habitual no shows to appointments. However, terminating a patient is easier said than done.

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This doctor’s patient has all but lost her short-term memory. Unfortunately, the doctor seems to be the only one who sees it.


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