Combating the Physician Burnout Epidemic

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physician burnoutBeing a medical professional is a very high stress job. Every day, you hold the lives of your patients in your hands, making decisions that could affect their quality of life, delivering sometimes horrific news, and working long hours to help as many people as you can in the course of your day.  Often, your hard work and great care go unnoticed as you go home to rest up for another day at the office, only to have to rush back out to handle the latest emergency with a patient. Continue reading “Combating the Physician Burnout Epidemic”

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Best Electives for Nursing and Medical Students

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electives for nursing medical studentsWhen working toward a degree in nursing, pre-med, or other health care professions, there are many required courses and prerequisites that may take over your class schedule. Electives are also necessary, but making decisions about the right elective courses can be a challenge. Do you want something fun? Something easy? Something that will be a help to you in your future career?  Here are a few great electives choices and how they can come into play in your medical career. Continue reading “Best Electives for Nursing and Medical Students”

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Communication Tips for Physicians

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physician communication tipsThe art of good communication is critical to patient care. While it can be simple to just assume that everyone understands your thought process and that your instructions or requests make sense, taking the time to be a careful communicator can make the difference between having a good rapport with patients and having a reputation for excellence. Here are some helpful tips that can help you to make communicating with your patients more effective than ever. Continue reading “Communication Tips for Physicians”

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Training to Combat Opioid Abuse

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combat opioid abuseIt’s fairly common knowledge that there is a growing problem of painkiller abuse sweeping the nation. With national data showing that opioid painkiller deaths are up more than 400% since 2001, physicians are struggling to find a balance between prescribing necessary painkillers to their patients and attempting to avoid contributing to this growing problem.  Many med schools and teaching hospitals are looking closely at this issue and how they can improve the training given to new healthcare providers to work toward reducing these issues.

A lack of training at the university level has been cited as a contributing factor in creating the problem of opioid abuse. Many universities have recently received federal grants to put programs in place to assist in giving the necessary training to new physicians to help them identify potential cases of drug abuse and find alternative solutions to prescribing stronger painkillers. Continue reading “Training to Combat Opioid Abuse”

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How has a doctor impacted your life?

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It’s National Doctor’s Day and we want to bring attention to the memorable doctors in our lives.  You know…  the ones who find time to catch up on life, the ones who “feel” your pain and make it better,  and the ones who care beyond compare. Such doctors leave a mark on us that we carry for life and use as a gold standard for other doctors we encounter down the road. Today, we’re asking you to answer the following question: How has a doctor impacted your life? Share your story below and be automatically entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate!

Happy National Doctor’s Day from all of us at Soliant Health!

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5 Ways We Can Cope With a 90,000-Doctor Shortage by 2020

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Soliant-2020-doctor-shortageThe American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates that within the next six years, the U.S. will face a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians.

What’s more, that figure is expected to climb to 130,000 by 2025.

Here’s a look at five ways we might be able to cope with 90,000 fewer MDs than we thought we needed in the next few years:

1. Use remote medicine

Telehealth (or telemedicine) is being touted as one potential means of coping with the expected physician shortage.

Health monitoring equipment with web-based applications allows people to receive care from the comfort of their own homes, reducing doctor visits and patient expenses by linking people in remote areas to doctors in larger centers.

This can cut travel time and costs for patients by up to 58%, according to a study published in Telemedicine Journal and e-Health. Continue reading “5 Ways We Can Cope With a 90,000-Doctor Shortage by 2020”

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