Conflicted Interests

In the early 1980s I was invited to attend an all-expenses-paid medical conference at a resort in Colorado. The event was sponsored to announce a new drug class called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. The drug, generically called captopril, was marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb under the trade name Capoten. Outstanding medical educators, scientists and researchers were […]

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Patience for Patients

Last Tuesday I became impatient while waiting for a resident physician to finish seeing her last patient. It was snowing and growing dark outside and I was anxious to get home. The second-year resident had been in an exam room with her patient, a late work-in appointment, for nearly an hour. As a supervisor, I […]

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Buyers Beware

During my family practice residency one full day was dedicated to teaching us about practice management. It was a fanciful attempt to confer an adequate business education in one day. The residency program arranged for our class to be excused from all clinical (patient care) responsibilities and a variety of speakers were invited to share […]

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