There's more to being a doctor than diagnosing symptoms. And that's where art comes in.
I think there are many things you could call me. You could call me stubborn. You could call me opinionated. You could even call me anxious -- when I am anxious. Just don't let that be the benchmark for my health care, or a convenient thing to write when you can't find anything else wrong, or are so intent on not listening to me that you can't hear me.
The older we get, the more likely it is we need doctors. Finding the best physician, or other healthcare provider, can become a challenge no matter what your age. It's particularly challenging for midlifers and beyond, however. You may be older than your healthcare provider, have more complex medical issues, or be used to a model of care that is no longer followed today.
Medically, the first hospital did everything right. I am grateful for that. The surgeon who removed my son's tumor was one of the best pediatric neurosurgeons in the U.S. The nurses on the oncology floor did their job well. But I was miserable.
I will always love and respect this great physician not only for his superb diagnostic skills, but also because he cared for me and my dad as real people and took the time to ensure that we got the very best patient care.
Researchers also got a glimpse of how many patients were keeping their doctor appointments, and what the viral loads were
There is no perfect way to judge doctor quality. But that's why it's so fortunate that health care consumers have these new tools at our disposal. Closed-loop review systems are currently one of the most powerful ways to discern doctor quality.
Maybe when our new flock of medical students -- many of them immersed in all sorts of humanities programs -- become full-fledged doctors, we will no longer have the curbside conversations about inhumanities in medicine. That will be a relic of the past.
"She teaches us how to listen, and do that with more openness," said Dr. Charlotte Carlson, a former student of Dr. Remen
While the internet will never -- and should never -- replace a patient's in-person interaction with his or her doctor, it has created an unprecedented level of access to information about various symptoms and conditions, and also about the doctors themselves.