LCMS Magazine

Perfectionism will kill you

Most doctors and surgeons are perfectionists. We are applauded for it and even take pride in it, as perfectionism in this profession is perceived as a good thing, in fact, it’s considered the only acceptable thing to be: perfect. The reality, however, is that perfectionism is just a defense mechanism to help us cope with the fear of inadequacy, the fear of being wrong, or the fear of being perceived as a failure. Read more HERE.


3-year study of NPs in the ED: Worse outcomes, higher costs

Nurse practitioners (NPs) delivering emergency care without physician supervision or collaboration in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) increase lengths of stay by 11% and raise 30-day preventable hospitalizations by 20% compared with emergency physicians, says a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Continue reading about this HERE.

Will Congress Step Up to Save Primary Care?

The current Medicare system for compensating physicians jeopardizes access to primary care. Family physicians, along with other primary care clinicians, are facing significant cuts in payments and rising inflation that threaten our ability to care for patients. Continue reading HERE.


Cops Practicing Medicine

Government and law enforcement increasingly surveil and influence the way doctors treat pain, psychoactive substance use, and substance use disorder. Continue reading HERE.



The linguistic controversies of clinical titles

The temperature of conversations surrounding clinical titles has been rising for years. Now, heated discussions about how advanced practice providers refer to and market themselves are commonplace and coincide with conflicting views about their roles in the healthcare industry. Continue reading HERE.

Physicians and their bosses don't see eye to eye on retirement

A new survey finds physicians have different expectations and reasons for retirement than their administrators assume. Read more HERE.


America's Failed Opioid Policy Drove the Tulsa Shooter to Violence

Patients often blame their doctor for their untreated pain. As patients become desperate for relief, they sometimes turn to the black market if their pharmacy can't fill the prescription in time. Continue reading HERE.

Chicken In The Kitchen: A Cross-Contamination Risk

A recent observational study conducted by North Carolina State University has pointed to a more significant source of cross-contamination: your hands.

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Why I Am Choosing To Be “Inefficient” In Medicine

The obvious problem with this admiration for efficiency is that our most valuable stakeholder — our patients and their families — don’t deserve that.

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Stanford physicians vote to join union

Of the nearly 1,050 ballots counted, 835 were in favor of representation, the National Labor Relations Board website showed.

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Nearly 60% of Americans have had COVID-19: CDC

More than half of people living in the U.S. had contracted COVID-19 as of February, including 75 percent of children, new CDC research shows. 

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Jury acquits Ohio physician accused of 14 patient deaths

William Husel, a former physician at Columbus, Ohio-based Mount Carmel Health System, has been found not guilty of murder in a case where he was accused of prescribing excessive painkiller doses to accelerate the death of critically ill patients, NBC News reported April 20. 

Read more about this case HERE.

10 specialties with highest projected physician shortage

Cardiology has the highest projected shortage of physicians, according to Physicians Thrive's "2022 Physician Compensation Report."

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Cancer in America, in 4 charts and maps

The mortality rate for cancer dropped 32% between 1991 and 2019, translating to about 3.5 million cancer deaths prevented, according to a recent report published by the American Cancer Society.

Continue reading HERE.