Physician Self-Disclosure About Illness

I recently struggled with an interesting patient care issue related to my illness. I had to cancel several weeks of clinical sessions, which I realize is a hardship for my patients. A few weeks ago, when seeing a long-time patient of mine—a warm woman with several chronic conditions—I apologized that we had cancelled her previously… Continue reading Physician Self-Disclosure About Illness

Patients and the Future of Our Health Care System

Last month, I introduced e-Patient Dave’s keynote at the AMIA Fall Symposium. In that introduction, which I summarized in a blog post about my recent health scare, I drew an analogy between John F. Kennedy’s famous statement delivered at the Berlin Wall in 1963 expressing solidarity with the people of Berlin who were cut off… Continue reading Patients and the Future of Our Health Care System