Second Opinions

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Second Opinions
It's Time to Move on From the U.S. News Rankings

The lack of data and transparency should raise questions

August 30, 2023
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Do Advocacy Groups Always Put Patient Interests First?

A new study reveals the depth of industry influence

August 29, 2023
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How to (Legally) Diversify the Healthcare Workforce

Alternative approaches are key following the SCOTUS ruling on race-based admissions

August 29, 2023
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We Use ChatGPT in Medical Practice -- And You Can Too

These tools can make us better physicians

August 28, 2023
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FDA Drug Approvals: Let Us See All the Evidence

Clinicians and consumers are deprived of the full picture needed for informed decision-making

August 27, 2023
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I Cannot Remember the Names of Biologics. Should I Retire?

The old days of drug nomenclature were simpler

August 26, 2023
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How Do People Know What Health Information to Believe?

Funding health communication research can empower the public to make informed decisions

August 24, 2023
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In a Pig's Eye: Xenograft Kidneys for the Dead

Moral considerations must inform clear policy

August 23, 2023
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Our High Misdiagnosis Numbers Aren't All That Shocking

Here's how to reduce your risk of medical malpractice

August 22, 2023
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Why the 'Stages of Grief' Need to Be Retired

They were never intended to be prescriptive

August 20, 2023
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Questions You Should Be Asking About How Your Physician Group Works

Some of the wrath toward CMGs may be misdirected

August 19, 2023
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Bigger Is Not Better in Healthcare

Mergers and acquisitions are not a recipe for success in our field

August 18, 2023
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An Evolutionary Perspective on Why the Lab Leak Theory Is Wrong

It's the initial outbreak that tells us what we need to know

August 15, 2023
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The Doctor Won't See You Now

Provider access is a major challenge for Medicaid patients

August 14, 2023
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