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An Immigrants Story
Please allow me to share my perspective on why I chose to travel across the world to provide medical care to people I do not know. But first, I am going to provide you with a little background on me.
The process of credentialing can be quite a daunting one, especially if you are new to the healthcare or hospital medical staff approval process. In essence, your credentials are a verification of who you are – both academically and clinically. In addition, your credentials include your medical malpractice history, board certifications, training certificates, disciplinary actions, and other state-specific requirements that the state licensing board determines make you safe to practice. Think of your credentials as a portfolio allowing anyone who wants to know about you read a file and see what you bring to the table, and how well trained you are.
Several years ago, physician graduate medical education, also known as residency, went through a revolutionary change and restrictions were placed on the number of work hours residents could work in a week. In a profession traditionally programmed to work in excess of 110-130 hours per week to gain the exposure necessary to adequately practice medicine, capping hours at 80 hours per week was a controversial change, and brought into question the validity of shortened education. While the verdict is still out regarding the current generation of residency graduates – related to knowledge base, work ethic, professional expectations, and patient relevance – there is no change in sight for resident work hours.
What Size Needle Should You Use?
At a recent course this past weekend, we were asked which size needle should you use while performing a needle decompression procedure. The automatic response was large bore needle…typically 14-gauge angiocatheter. But that is only half the answer! What about catheter length? The standard 14-g angiocath is 5cm long and its catheter is only 4.5cm long. This was causing concern about a high failure rate. With the primary source of procedure failure being a failure of the needle to reach the pleural space, the standard angiocath would only reach the pleural space in 53% of the population.
How many times have you heard this mentioned in casual conversation amongst healthcare providers?Perhaps during a heated exchange on television, or when talking about doing things we aren’t comfortable doing to our patients. Perhaps you have even mentioned it yourself.
The fact is, it takes a lot – A LOT – to lose a medical license or license to practice. Yes, bumps along the road in our career can happen, but realistically speaking, what licensing board would have a vested interest in removing providers from an already strained healthcare system?
[Read more…] about “I’m not putting my license on the line”
Current Healthcare Education
One of the challenges of deciding what content to provide your online community is the amount and frequency of new information that is being published. As healthcare providers, the task is daunting just to keep up with what is going on in your specialty, even more so if you are reviewing your profession in general. One of the benefits of Provider Practice Essentials workshops for attendees is the personalized attention provided by faculty. This not only includes hands on workshops but plenty of Q & A opportunities. In one of my recent discussions with Course Director, Rachel Beatty she shared some of the numerous questions asked by attendees. One of the most pressing questions surrounded the topic of “age adjusted d-dimer”. [Read more…] about Age Adjusted D-Dimer