Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
Denise commented on yesterday's post "I would feel badly if my oncologist referred me to hospice, he said goodbye, and I had no further contact with him..." Is it unrealistic to expect oncologists to stay involved with patients who are now in hospice?
Healthy Survivors learn to embrace some of the unavoidable discomforts of life. For example, I've learned to embrace the uncertainty regarding my prognosis. So my interest was peaked when I was offered a review copy of Zig Ziglar's new book, Embrace the Struggle. Living Life on Life's Terms.
Today I had the honor of addressing a small group of oncology fellows at Baylor University Medical Center. "Fellows" are physicians who have completed their internal medicine training and are now receiving training in a specialty (in this case, oncology). I shared stories, insights and advice.
Patients obtain medical information not only from their healthcare team but also from the Internet. Time Magazine's Bonnie Rochman discusses one potential benefit of this phenomenon in a fascinating article entitled, "When Patients Share Medical Data Online."
Discussions about end-of-life can benefit patients and their families in dramatic ways. Unfortunately, the emotional discomforts for both physicians and patients often serve as insurmountable obstacles to initiating these important discussions.
Jane Brody, the NY Times Personal Health columnist, has been guiding Americans on matters of health since 1965. On occasion she offers readers a glimpse into her personal life, such as the time she described the uncontrolled pain she suffered following her knee replacements.
This week, Jane Brody shares a deeply personal life event in real time: the dying of her husband of 43 years.
In yesterday's post I explained why combining college and med school into six years is not a good antidote to the primary care shortage (in my opinion). Here are other ideas that might help encourage medical students to go into primary care:
The author of a recent post on YJHM (the companion blog for the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine) suggested that combining college and med school into six years is a good idea as an antidote to the primary care shortage.
I, too, am concerned about the growing shortage of primary care clinicians. But this idea worries me.