Strengthening Physicians’ Growth Mindset to Promote a Culture of Cooperation

By Rose Scaringella-Cappelli
January 12, 2021

Although 2020 was a year filled with many stressful uncertainties, healthcare workers came together to do everything possible to provide innovative care, accelerated COVID research, and advanced new technologies necessary to meet the challenges we faced. Uniting and rising to the challenges of the pandemic and the social inequities have allowed all of us to examine our role in promoting a culture of cooperation and collegiality in the workplace. This makes 2021 the perfect year to re-imagine our work environment, behaviors, and processes; it’s time to make changes that will strengthen our culture of fairness, inclusion, and belonging while letting go of disruptive behaviors that can negatively affect the workplace. Continue reading “Strengthening Physicians’ Growth Mindset to Promote a Culture of Cooperation”

The Benefits of Multimedia Digital Learning for Continuing Medical Education

By Christopher Ugo Oseh, MBBS
December 22, 2020

Health care professionals, especially physicians, rely on continuing medical education to upgrade their knowledge and skills and stay current with advancements in their medical practice. Recent developments in internet technology and social media platforms, combined with the need for social social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, are accelerating the evolution from traditional medical classrooms and conferences to digital education. Medical educators will soon find it imperative to adapt their curriculum and educational content to attract a new generation of digital learners.

This post will outline some benefits and features that make digital media like Twitter and podcasts suitable for medical education. Continue reading “The Benefits of Multimedia Digital Learning for Continuing Medical Education”

Discussing The Racist Patient: Clinical Insights on Race and Social Justice

Diane Thomas, Managing Editor
December 1, 2020

This past July, Harvard Medical School’s Postgraduate Medical Education team (PGME) launched a webinar series titled: Addressing Health Disparities: Clinical Insights on Race and Social Justice, which seeks to explore how race and racism affect the health of our communities. The following post is an excerpt from a session in which Dr. Sachin H. Jain discusses his paper “The Racist Patient” in the Annals of Internal Medicine with Dr. Kevin Tucker, faculty director of Accredited Programs for PGME: Continue reading “Discussing The Racist Patient: Clinical Insights on Race and Social Justice”

Physicians as Advocates for Social Change

By Ted A. James, MD, MHCM
November 10, 2020

“Harnessing society’s full potential for optimizing health outcomes across the lifespan requires reaching out well beyond the health care system.”  – The National Academy of Medicine

I’ve heard the argument that physicians should not get involved in social or political issues; however, I must disagree. This realm is very much where we need to be. Physicians have dedicated themselves to helping people and relieving suffering. Standing up for issues that protect the wellbeing of the people in our communities is central to our role as physicians. Issues such as equality, social justice, human rights, safety, and access to care profoundly influence patient care. Continue reading “Physicians as Advocates for Social Change”

Diet Prescription and Eating Disorder Risk

By Jamie Marchetti, MS, RDN, LD, MA, PPC, NCC
October 28, 2020

For patients who present with what are typically considered weight-related disease states (diabetes, heart disease, or lower extremity joint pain), it is nearly second nature to recommend that clients “eat less and move more.” Conventional thinking and practice support this, and if this generalized directive doesn’t lead to weight loss and improvement of disease symptoms, the next steps typically include encouraging the patient to track their food and physical activity to report back to the physician. While this is a logical process within the framework of convention, there are a few reasons why it could become problematic. Continue reading “Diet Prescription and Eating Disorder Risk”

The 2 Essential Online Channels Physicians Can Use for Public Health Education and Advocacy

By Christopher Oseh
October 6, 2020

During the global lockdown period of the Coronavirus pandemic, I woke up on a Saturday morning to see this direct message on my Facebook messenger:

 “Hi Doc, please how do I know if I have contracted the Covid-19 virus”.

It was from one of my friends who had become anxious after reading false information online about the COVID-19 virus. She quickly reached out to me with this question because she knew I was active on Facebook. Continue reading “The 2 Essential Online Channels Physicians Can Use for Public Health Education and Advocacy”

Addressing Health Disparities: Clinical Insights on Race and Social Justice

A Webinar Series Offering Clinical Perspectives on Racial and Social Justice Issues

It’s no secret that racial and social disparities continue to affect the health of our communities across the United States. With increased attention resulting from the high-profile deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement and the growing inequities stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, this weekly Harvard Medical School web series, Addressing Health Disparities: Clinical Insights on Race and Social Justice seeks to explore how race and racism affect the health of our communities. Continue reading “Addressing Health Disparities: Clinical Insights on Race and Social Justice”

Prescribing Size-Inclusive Home Fitness Routines in the Era of COVID-19

By Jamie Marchetti, MS, RDN, LD
September 17, 2020

In the time of COVID-19, routines have changed drastically and frequently. This has impacted many areas of the lives of Americans, including fitness routines. Gyms, if open, often have restrictions. So how can you best support your patients who need physical exercise? Continue reading “Prescribing Size-Inclusive Home Fitness Routines in the Era of COVID-19”

Do You Know When to Refer Your Patient to a Dietitian?

By Jamie Marchetti, MS, RDN, LD
August 12, 2020

During my tenure as a dietitian in a rural community hospital, I provided all the outpatient nutrition counseling for the facility. Sometimes patients sought out my guidance on their own, but most often, they were referred to me by a physician. While most referrals were made in a manner that was timely and appropriate for the diagnosis, some were not.

This post, therefore, is a dietitian’s perspective on best practices for physicians referring patients for nutrition care that can be delivered in a way that is helpful to support medical care. Continue reading “Do You Know When to Refer Your Patient to a Dietitian?”

How Physicians Can Prepare for Emerging Trends in Health Care Delivery

By Christopher Ugo Oseh, MBBS
July 23, 2020

This trend clearly indicates the need for physicians who are both clinically and technologically savvy to provide health care in the future.

Health care delivery services have been transformed by advances in health technology, and technology-based health care seems to be gaining ground. According to a McKinsey survey taken in April 2020, the adoption of telehealth services by United States citizens increased from 11% in 2019 to 46% in 2020. Although much of this accelerated adoption has been linked to restricted health care access caused by the coronavirus pandemic, experts are projecting a further increase in telehealth service adoption post-pandemic as many clients realize they prefer to access health care remotely rather than consulting in person with their doctors in a hospital. Continue reading “How Physicians Can Prepare for Emerging Trends in Health Care Delivery”