The PMD Critical List: Top 5 Concerns for 2015

This week's list of must-read news stories includes a look at top concerns for doctors heading into the new year, a pair of stories about physicians fighting Ebola, and the true cost of all those missing waiting room magazines.

This week's list of must-read news stories includes a look at top concerns for doctors heading into the new year, a pair of stories about physicians fighting Ebola, and the true cost of all those missing waiting room magazines.

Top 5 Concerns for Physicians in 2015 (Physicians Foundation)

Leading the Physicians Watch List for next year are these issues: the pace of medical practice consolidation, the administrative burdens on patient-physician relationships, the impact of ICD-10 preparations, cost transparency in medical billing, and physician shortages.

2014 Person of the Year: The Ebola Fighters (Time)

Time’s annual POY issue, once a meaningful item, has become something of a disappointment recently. This year, however, they got it right. The physicians involved in treating this deadly virus are the rock foundation of the medical profession.

I'm a Doctor...I was 'Tortured' (American Thinker)

Cutting commentary by a Colorado surgeon on the recent “torture” report issued by US Senate Democrats. “Most physicians should be on disability for PTSD due to the ‘torture’ they endured during their training.”

Cuba's Biggest Export: Doctors (Newsweek)

Agree with the decision to normalize US relations with Cuba or not, it’s a fact that the small Communist nation trains more “medical professionals per capita than any other developing or developed country.”

Physicians Trained in High-Cost Regions Spend More (HealthLeadersMedia)

A Q&A with the senior author of a report that found “that physicians whose residencies were in higher-spending regions spent 29% more on average than their peers who had trained in lower-spending areas of the country.”

Doctors’ Offices Lose Millions to Magazine Theft (Time)

Why are all the magazines in your waiting room old? A BMJ study found it’s because patients steal the newer ones. “Gossipy” magazines are the top theft target. An average of 1.3 publications disappear daily from medical offices.

Medical Specialties with the Most Female Residents (Becker’s Hospital Review)

For a while it seemed like women might comprise the majority of US physicians. Not now. They peaked at 51% of medical school applicants in 2003-04. OB/GYN (83% of residents) is the top specialty for women and anesthesiology (37%) is at the bottom.

A Prescription for Better Teaching, Stronger Doctors (90.9 wbur Boston)

A thoughtful essay by a Harvard-trained medical professor, who advocates the “see one, do one, teach one” method of medical education—and important but vanishing art.

Kid’s Book by Doctor Surpasses Expectations (Houston Chronicle)

After spending a year treating 3,000 African children a month with HIV/AIDS, a young physician funded ($65,000) and authored a fun, upbeat picture book on the importance of HIV medication and gave a copy to each kid (40,000+). Talk about a healer!