In hospital medicine, workload cannot simply be measured by hours on the clock, but must encompass more intangible factors such as the type of work, the acuity of patients, the time of day, etc. Hospitalist programs are taking a hard look at ways to distribute workload fairly.
Building networks, finding mentors and staying open to new experiences and opportunities are recommended strategies.
Adding methadone to opioids can help with intractable pain.
Common phrases can sound different through the filter of a cancer diagnosis.
Keep in mind the types of dysfunction that are likely in different patients.
An encounter with a self-aware patient reminds the writer why he went into medicine.