The frenetic pace and chaos of working in an urban trauma center are addicting – at least for a while. Interesting, unusual, and tragic patients test the mettle of even seasoned physicians. For some, the lure is too strong...
“The AMA has come out against restrictive covenants; however, it has not become a matter of medical ethics,” explains Thomas Wassel. Unlike lawyers, who might be disciplined for trying to enforce such an agreement, as a practical matter, doctors do not face a penalty for fighting to uphold one. Without strong legal counsel and a clear agreement, doctors could suffer significant financial losses as the result of a successful lawsuit.
States try to balance an employer’s “protectable interest” with the desire not to do anything perceived as a “restraint of trade”. Non-competes are contracts, and it is important for a physician to fully understand a contract before he/she enters into it. No one wants to lose money or professional opportunities because he/she signed an agreement without appreciating all of the ramifications.
I’ve had a long interest in understanding how systems work (all systems including economic and social — not just organ systems). I’ve come to realize how often an intervention (be it a drug, surgical procedure, tax law, or healthcare policy... Click to Read More
Healthcare professionals, like other Americans, graduate with high student debt loads. The facts are staggering: 81% of medical school graduates have education debt. $180,723 is the average loan balance for aspiring doctors. Approximately 70% of nurses graduate with student loan
Millions of Americans live in medically underserved areas. Many, if not all states face physician shortages. Recruiting and retaining physicians is important in filling that need. Currently, one quarter of all physicians practicing in the US are International Medical Graduate (IMGs), thanks in part to the H-1B and J-1 visa programs. An H-1B visa is a temporary work visa for professionals in specialty occupations, not just physicians. If you are reading this post, you likely will be interested in getting answers to questions like: What’s necessary to gain H-1B visa sponsorship? When is the best time to apply? What if you want to work for another employer while on an H-1B visa? How difficult is it to obtain an H-1B visa? What about your loved ones – can they live in the US? These questions are addressed in this post. In a future post, I’ll discuss what a J-1 visa is and how IMGs can use the J-1 visa waivers to their advantage... Click to Read More
Nothing compares to the apprehension of starting residency. Okay – that’s not true, but it’s really high up there on nerve-wracking firsts. I remember my first day as a resident. In a matter of a few hours, I went from
"The safe use of marijuana for medical purposes is one of the areas where mainstream medicine has let its patients down. Primary care providers should take more of an active role advocating for their patients in regards to marijuana. Used safely, marijuana and its separate components can help waylay a significant number of symptoms and decrease the need for narcotic prescriptions..." Click to read the rest of the article.
A physician owned malpractice insurance company found that the frequency of malpractice claims were down between 2007 to 2014 The physician-owned insurance company analyzed 1,180 closed claims levied against internal medicine physicians spanning 2007-2014. Among their findings: The majority of...
Mylan CEO Heather Bresch infuriated lawmakers as she tried — and mostly failed — to explain steep cost increases of her company's life-saving EpiPens. Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesda
Physician frustration with maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements is leading to new legislation in several states Oklahoma has already passed a new law stating that board certification cannot be the only way for physicians to maintain hospital privileges and insurance
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