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    • Trying Locum Tenens? Have a Good Sense of Humor!

      Whether you are a locum tenens or full-time provider, using humor in the clinical setting can go a long way. Navigating your work environment, tending to administrative duties, and caring for patients require time and attention and can sometimes be challenging. Keeping the mood light when appropria...

    • Diary of a Traveling Physician: An Unexpected Patient Encounter Across the Country

      I discovered my current job through my locum tenens work in Idaho. Traveling provides great exposure to a wide variety of practice styles and locations, along with some extraordinary patient stories. This is one of my favorites. As the new medical director of admissions for St. Luke’s Rehabilitatio...

      Dr. Val Jones, M.D. Dr. Val Jones, M.D. | July 28, 2016

    • The Rural Health Clinic Program Provides Opportunities for PAs and NPs

      Shortages in rural health have long been a challenge for the healthcare profession — and one that has seen many proposed solutions over the years. Increasingly, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are answering the call. A Journal of Rural Health review shows that, overall, “PAs provide c...

      Brian W. Wu, Ph.D. Brian W. Wu, Ph.D. | July 06, 2016

    • Why Cost Transparency Can Improve Healthcare

      Physicians, NPs, and PAs are increasingly being asked to take responsibility for lowering healthcare costs. Most healthcare providers agree they have a role to play in controlling costs, but there’s only so much they can do. Many are unaware of the price tags associated with tests and procedures, or...

      Jess Huckins Jess Huckins | June 29, 2016

    • What’s Working in Rural Care Like? One PA Tells All

      I am apparently in the minority. According to the 2015 AAPA salary report, 51.7 percent of PAs work in an urban setting of more than 1 million people. Further, 12.4 percent work in an area where the closest town has a population of 20,000 people or less. I am in the remaining 2.5 percent. I serve ab...

      Sean Conroy, PA-C Sean Conroy, PA-C | June 16, 2016

    • Establishing Doctor-Patient Trust in a Tense Healthcare Climate

      It isn't always easy for patients to trust their doctors. We’ve heard that helping patients feel comfortable enough to open up about their lifestyle choices is a real challenge, especially now that tensions at the doctor’s office seem to have reached an all-time high.   A 2015 study from Zocdoc con...

      Jess Huckins Jess Huckins | June 08, 2016

    • Satisfaction, Time, and Empathy: How Automation Is Changing Healthcare

      With healthcare reimbursement increasingly subject to patient satisfaction, being empathetic is more important than ever. At the same time, though, medical professionals nationwide are experiencing near-unprecedented demands on their time and expertise. According to a recent study in the Journal of...

      Jess Huckins Jess Huckins | June 03, 2016

    • Patient Care: How to Take a Stand on Healthcare Topics

      There are many controversial areas of healthcare. Vaccines, Zika, comprehensive DNA testing, alternative medicine — the list goes on. Because you’re a medical professional, your patients (and even your family and friends) will look to you for advice and guidance. How should they make sense of the in...

      Emma Siemasko Emma Siemasko | May 25, 2016

    • Encourage Healthy Habits to Reduce Care Costs

      Considering how intrinsic patient behavior is to healthcare, it is perhaps surprising that behavioral changes aren't discussed more often in regard to care expenses. Or perhaps it's not surprising at all, especially because patients appear unwilling to alter their behavior even if it would save them...

      Jess Huckins Jess Huckins | May 12, 2016

    • How to Handle Difficult Patients

      As a clinician, you’re comfortable with the healthcare system. Because you go to work every day in a hospital, clinic, or other care center, you’re used to the environment. It’s easy to forget that some patients are afraid of hospitals and that many people spend significant time wallowing in illness...

      Emma Siemasko Emma Siemasko | May 11, 2016

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