Archive for November, 2011

Better records mean healthier patients
November 30, 2011

This story is the kind of thing that drives good doctors crazy. What’s the point of a patient coming to see you if they don’t find out there’s something wrong? This kind of medical error shows why doctors need to be leading the charge for electronic medical records. In this case, a woman received a diagnosis of breast cancer a year late because her mammogram results went to the wrong doctor. These test results could have been sent electronically – and instantly – to both the woman and her doctor, instead of […]

A healthy helping of gratitude
November 23, 2011

Today I’m thankful for everyone at USF Health  who is helping to reshape the healthcare of the future. The doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other health professionals who give their best and most compassionate care to our patients. The students who are learning how to shape tomorrow’s health, who inspire us to teach at our best every day. The researchers and public health faculty who work tirelessly to find the solutions that will make tomorrow healthier for us all. And all our colleagues, friends and supporters who believe in the vision of […]

The Center for Memory C.A.R.E.
November 19, 2011

The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer\’s Institute C.A.R.E. Center (Video) USF Health just opened the Center for Memory C.A.R.E. at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute. With a PET scanner, an apartment to test patients’ daily living skills and a driving simulator, the center puts everything that patients and their families need under one roof. It’s a great example of how the healthcare system can make life easier for patients and their caregivers.

Being sick shouldn’t be this much work
November 18, 2011

The St. Pete Times’ Robyn Blumner makes a good case for why healthcare in this country needs to focus more on the patient. People are not construction projects, and patients should not have to act as the “general contractor” for their own care. Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery, Robyn.

Be bold, stop whining
November 15, 2011

Recently spoke at 2011 AAMC Annual Meeting. If you’re optimistic about the future of healthcare, then medical schools can lead. But you have to start now. Our new programs see the world differently: SELECT CAMLS Villages Bringing Science Home  

Focusing on every moment, every patient
November 11, 2011

Every doctor wants to make every patient the absolute focus and center of their attention. But even once they enter the exam room, distractions are everywhere, tugging at the corners of their minds: Too much paperwork, too many patients waiting. That undiagnosed patient, that troubling case. How to zero in on the patient right in front of your nose? It’s interesting to see more doctors trying harder to be mindful. In just a few weeks, we’ll be doing some of this training here at USF Health ourselves. It’s one more way […]

More students want to be doctors
November 10, 2011

Federal lawmakers are talking about cutting the pipeline for graduate medical education, but aspiring students haven’t gotten the message. A record number of college students – more than 32,000 – applied to medical school this year. That’s good news for the projected physician shortage, and it’s good news for healthcare as well. It’s good to know that, despite all the challenges we face in creating a healthcare system more focused on patients, there are so many young people out there who are excited about caring for those patients.

Patients need physicians
November 3, 2011

I know economic times are tough, but trying to cut federal spending by reducing the number of doctors in training is the wrong way to go. I’m glad to see the AAMC taking a stand on an issue that is so important for the nation’s health. Cutting the number of slots available for residencies, or graduate medical education, would worsen the physician shortage this nation already faces. That shortage is projected to reach more than 91,000 doctors by 2020. Here at USF Health, we’re trying to re-imagine the future of health care […]

Should boys get the HPV vaccine too? Yes.
November 2, 2011

HPV kills men too. A panel says give boys the HPV vaccine. Right on. Pity it took the fear of throat cancer in men to convince us to protect everyone the right way. It’s a vicious virus, and it spreads through both sexes. Here at USF Health, we have Ellen Daley to thank for doing landmark research on HPV and cancer. And now HPV is linked to heart attacks in women: TIME Magazine October 26, 2011 An intriguing new study finds a link between human papillomavirus, or HPV, the common sexually transmitted infection […]