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So, You Have to Give a Lecture—Are You Anxious?

  One of our chief residents often asks me to help our trainees prepare to present a case or some research findings at one of our conferences. I love to do this because I seem to have the “gift of gab.” Over the years, my mother often told me that as a 2-year-old, I was […]

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Building Trust in the Profession: What Can We Learn from Choosing Wisely?

  The Choosing Wisely campaign sought to prompt physician–patient conversations about unnecessary care. At its 2012 launch, physicians and patients felt uncomfortable about “denying” even unnecessary or potentially harmful care. Opponents of the Affordable Care Act raised fears of rationing and death panels. Physicians and patients had long mistrusted the motives of third parties, including […]

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William H. Frishman, M.D.

Medicine as a Meritocracy

                When we (the authors, WF and JA) were graduating from medical school in 1969, 50 years ago, our class pictures in Boston showed a predominance of white males, a small percentage of white females, and even fewer African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans. Today the class […]

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Joseph S. Alpert

The Electronic Medical Record: Beauty and the Beast

  American medicine has belatedly entered the digital world with nearly universal utilization of the electronic medical record (EMR). Physicians have welcomed some aspects of the EMR and cursed others. As an industry, we were far behind most other commercial entities in “going digital,” and the versions of the EMR used in the United States […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Myocardial Infarction with Nonobstructive Coronary Arteries (MINOCA)

When I (JSA) first heard the term MINOCA, it made me think that perhaps it referred to an ancient civilization in Greece resembling the Minoans on Crete. For example, “Archeologists had just unearthed the remains of one of the cities of Minoca in northern Greece.” Of course, for cardiologists, MINOCA has nothing to do with ancient […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Divisions, Departments, and the 2018 Red Sox Baseball Team: Qualities of Leadership That Lead to Success

I am a converted Red Sox baseball fan. I grew up in New Haven, Conn, and was an ardent New York Yankees fan growing up. However, during my many years living in Massachusetts, as well as having numerous contacts with players for the Red Sox at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, I became a […]

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