The PMD Critical List: Don't Forget EQ

This week's list of must-read stories shows why a physician's EQ -- not just her IQ -- is increasingly important. The list also includes a look at a new kind of medical school and an explanation of why Medicare Advantage physician directories aren't always very useful.

This week's list of must-read stories shows why a physician's

EQ — not just her IQ – is

increasingly important. The list also includes a look at a new kind of medical school and an explanation of why Medicare Advantage physician directories aren't always very useful.

The Case for Boosting Doctors' EQ (Forbes)

Traditionally, “medical training rewards individual competitiveness and academic knowledge,” making many doctors “ill-equipped to cater to the human side of patient demands.” Today’s successful physicians, however, must build their EQ (emotional intelligence).

Doctors Not Always Healers for People with Disabilities (Washington Post)

A young ER physician who stutters tells of seeing doctor-colleagues who too often lack compassion and care when it comes to treating people with special needs—or about 20% of US patients.

New Tech-Centered Medical College Aims to Combat Physician Shortage (USA Today)

A medical school in Wisconsin (with a 3-year MD program) is seeking to “build a new educational model” that allows for more students, cheaper education, and faster learning. Goodbye “traditional lectures?”

Most Doctors in Insurance Directories Are Unavailable (Reuters)

The MD shortage problem may be deeper. A recent study found that over 50% of “the dermatologists in Medicare Advantage plan directories were either dead, retired, not accepting new patients or specialized only in specific conditions.”

Primary Care Doctors Want Bigger Piece of the Pie (PhysiciansNews.com)

PCP groups have launched a national campaign to improve public perception of their ability and worth in the changing healthcare arena. Better pay, incentives for med students, team-based care, and EHRs improvements are among the goals.

Crowdsourcing Helps Patients and Doctors Connect (InformationWeek.com)

A source of American strength is that we are a melting pot of people, cultures, and languages. Effective uses of online media can eliminate miscommunication allowing for vital life and death treatment.

The Right—and Right Time—to Die: How Doctors Should Help (Time)

The author of Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, says the medical profession “deceives itself” too much on end-of-life care. Better to “empower patients to make their own decisions in the terminal phase of their live.”

Hospitals’ Dirty Little Secret: Caregivers Share Clinical Data on Personal Phones (VentureBeat News)

In a clear and dangerous HIPAA violation, many US hospitals have health professionals who communicate patient information on private cell phones outside the protection of an institution’s Wi-Fi firewall.

Well Being: Reflections o n a Long Medical Career (Philly.com)

A rare pro-medical career interview with an MD who’s retiring after 40 years. He found: “fulfilling and meaningful work, the esteem of professional colleagues, and interesting relationships with different kinds of patients.” Humility and work balance were his guide.