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

Substance Use the Main Cause of Physician License Actions: Study

Actions taken against a physician’s license for substance use are more common than those for psychological impairment or actions related to physical health, according to a recent report. Despite a sharp uptick in 2011, substance use–specific license actions taken against physicians dropped in frequency between 2004 and 2020. More than three fourths (76.3%) of license … Read more

High Rates of Med Student Burnout During COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the academic and psychological stability of medical students, leading to high rates of burnout. Researchers surveyed 613 medical students representing all years of a medical program during the last week of the Spring semester of 2021. Based on the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Student Survey (MBI- SS), more than half (54%) of … Read more

The Sixth Sense in Science

Who? What? When? Why? Where? How? The five W’s. I vividly remember being taught to ask these five questions and seeing word-art posted around the classroom when I was a child. As children, we are taught to be curious and ask questions until we understand. We try new food, have new experiences, and explore uncharted … Read more