Pioneering Addiction Psychiatrist Mitchell Rosenthal Dead at 87

Dr. Mitchell Rosenthal Mitchell Rosenthal, MD, the founder and long-time president and CEO of Phoenix House, a nonprofit substance use disorder treatment organization, died on November 17 at the age of 87. The psychiatrist died at a Manhattan hospital from complications of pneumonia, The New York Times reports. Rosenthal was a dedicated advocate of ensuring … Read more

From Frankenstein to Lecter: Hollywood’s Baddest Docs

Masks can be scary on Halloween, but more so when they come with scrubs, scalpels, and God complexes. In March, Medscape readers chose their favorite characters and performers in the Hollywood healthcare system. As a Halloween treat, we follow up with a dozen of our favorite Evil Doctors from a deep bench (and no, Dr … Read more

Four Methods to Chip Away at Imposter Syndrome

Regardless of the setting, one of the most frequently discussed topics in healthcare is imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome was first defined by Clance and Imes as an inability to internalize success, and the tendency to attribute success to external causes such as luck, error, or knowing the appropriate individual. This definition is essential because most … Read more

Doctors Rush to Use Supreme Court Ruling to Escape Opioid Charges

Dr. Nelson Onaro conceded last summer that he’d written prescription illegals, although he said he was thinking only of his patients. From a tiny, brick clinic in Oklahoma, he doled out hundreds of opioid pills and dozens of fentanyl patches with no legitimate medical purpose. “Those medications were prescribed to help my patients, from my … Read more

Docs’ Bad Behavior Seen at Work, Online by Colleagues: Survey

It seems that everyone’s nerves are on the edge right now, and people are often behaving in surprising ways. Physicians are no exception. “The days of surgeons throwing retractors across the OR and screaming at nurses and medical students are hopefully gone now,” said Barron Lerner, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at New York University … Read more

Bret Stetka, Longtime Medscape Editor, Dies at 43

Medscape is mourning the loss of Bret Stetka, MD, an executive editor who covered neuroscience with curiosity and authority for the last 15 years. Stetka, who was 43, died on August 6 after a brief illness. Bret Stetka, Longtime Medscape Editor A nonpracticing physician, Stetka was equally comfortable writing about complex science for an audience … Read more

‘Overlapping’ Job Stressors May Flag Risk for Physician Suicide

The interplay between an individual’s work as a physician and problems associated with physical and mental health, substance use, relationships, legal matters, and finances all contribute to risk for suicide among physicians, new research shows. “This has meaningful implications for designing and implementing future suicide prevention interventions for healthcare workers; that is, targeting such overlapping … Read more

Why Empathy Is More Helpful Than Sympathy for My Patients

Growing up, I never felt comforted when someone expressed their sympathy to me when I was in a difficult situation. And I have never been good at expressing sympathy for others. When we feel sympathy for someone, we feel pity or sorrow for their situation. But we don’t understand what it is like to be … Read more

Hypervigilance and Helplessness in Facing Death of a Patient

It’s an early Friday morning during the pandemic. I arrive at my clinic to find my 8 o’clock slot booked with a same-day patient. As a clinical psychologist embedded within a primary care team, I meet with patients at varying frequency. I had just met with this patient on Monday — twice in one week … Read more

How Can Teleworkers Stay Mentally and Physically Healthy?

MADRID — The COVID pandemic has had countless consequences. One of the most significant can be seen in any number of companies: the introduction of the telework model into work routines. There has been such a clear push toward this way of working that it’s quite likely that employees will regularly carry out their tasks … Read more