Medical Musings: Second Edition

Medical Musings: Second Edition

by Robert Thayer Sataloff


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In the second edition of his book of musings on leading issues facing medical doctors today (and ultimately us, as their clients) Professor Sataloff examines new areas for our consideration – from, among many others, aging and medical professionals, through Medicare, to big data.

The musings are arranged in sections covering education, research, publication, clinical practice and politics. Within each, issues cover a range of topics, including areas of controversy, such as gender, disruptive staff, healthcare insurance and the increasingly fuzzy line between qualified medical doctors and allied health professionals, while others seek to open the reader’s eyes with views on medical education, learning and research, and how important teaching, mentoring and continuing education can be.

Attention is given to politics and how we all stand to learn from and, perhaps, educate and influence our legislators. As an author or co-author of 65 books and numerous papers in learned journals, Sataloff considers publication as an educational necessity for students, its value to physicians and surgeons, while also cautioning the reader on the standpoint, ethics and veracity of some of the materials and research that make it into print. A very interesting chapter reviews cognitive aging among medical professionals using translational data from, among others, the aviation industry and the FBI.

Thought-provoking, illuminating, concise and very readable, this remains, in the Author’s own words, a book which ‘…provides perspectives on education, publication, health care delivery, and other topics relevant to leadership in medicine, and more importantly to inspire thought and provoke debate’.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909082632
Publisher: Compton Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 01/24/2019
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Education

1. ‘Full-time’ faculty: An evolving construct?

2. Academic medicine: A training gap

3. The academic practice of medicine

4. Resident duty hours: Concerns and consequences

5. Consistency of medical student education: Otolaryngology as a model for medical student subspecialty training

6. Fellowship training in otolaryngology

7. Interdisciplinary opportunities for creativity in medicine

8. Physicians studying voice and the arts

9. Arts medicine: An interdisciplinary paradigm

10. Education in laryngology: Rising to old challenges

11. World Voice Day

12. The otolaryngology residency application problem

13. Interviews: Less helpful than we think, or harmful

14. Hiring young doctors: What physicians should know about changes in the medical school curriculum

Part II: Research

15. HIPAA: An impediment to research

16. Evidence-based medicine

17. Evidence-based medicine: Yet more concerns

18. Clinical trials: The case for registration

19. Drug development research: The process

20. Understanding the regulation of pharmaceutical drug promotion

21. Quality of reporting in randomized trials

22. Human subject research or quality improvement project?

23. Practice parameters and clinical practice guidelines: Science, politics, and problems

24. Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) grants

25. Reg-ent: An invaluable new offering from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

26. Access to quaternary care

27. Data Scientists: They know what we don’t know that we don’t know about Big Data

Part III: Publication

28. Peer review: Universal, but valid?

29. The editorial process: Resident and graduate student education and participation

30. Correcting the medical literature: Ethics and policy

31. Publication as a teaching tool

32. Journal ethics: Let the reader beware

33. Case reports in medicine

Part IV: Politics

34. Healthcare for the uninsured: A simpler, cheaper, faster, better solution

35. Undermining market forces: A fundamental flaw in American healthcare

36. Healthcare system failure: A planned strategy?

37. Price controls in medical practice

38. Tort reform: Federal impetus for change

39. The Board of Directors

40. Politics: Getting involved

41. Politics: Be part of it

Part V: Clinical Practice

42. Establishing federal laws

43. New problems in the scope-of-practice controversy

44. Was that my doctor?

45. Women in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

46. Disruptive physicians: Sound more familiar than you thought?

47. Hearing loss: Economic impact

48. Evaluating occupational hearing loss: The value of the AMA’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment

49. Emotional intelligence and physician wellness

50. Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA): A potential problem for all physicians

51. Part-time physicians

52. Adverse surgical events: Effects on the surgeon

53. Geriatric surgery

54. Telemedicine

55. The aging physician and surgeon

Part VI: Miscellaneous Musings

56. Teamwork

57. Longevity: The disposable soma?

58. The physician as an expert witness

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