Melissa Young, MD, FACE, FACP, is an endocrinologist in private practice, an assistant clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and a working suburban mother of two in Freehold, N.J.
If it Quacks like a Duck, Tell the Patient it's a Duck
The words we use as clinicians to describe illness to our patients should be precise, the meaning unequivocal. Our blogger shares a case in point.
The Delicate Act of Dropping an Insurance Plan
As a solo physician, it's not easy to drop an insurance plan when you know that could have a negative impact on your patients.
Is Recertification Worth It?
Over the past few years, there has been much discussion about needed changes in how internists maintain their ABIM certification.
The Prior Authorization Process is Needlessly Complex
There are several redundant questions and processes when trying to obtain a prior authorization. It needs to be simplified.
Clothes Do Make the Private Practice Doctor
While it may seem trivial to some, the way doctors in private practice present themselves is an important part of the job.
The Uninsured, Hospitalized Patient
When someone in the hospital needs to see a specialist, particularly a specialty where there are so few of us, I don’t understand how one can just refuse.
Happiness in Endocrinology
I believe it is the human aspect of my job that keeps me from flinging my laptop against the wall every day.
Is Joining a Medical Association a Worthy Investment?
Medical association fees can add up into the thousands each year if you join more than a few. What do you get out of it?
Endocrinology Patient Satisfaction: How Far Is Too Far?
How do you manage a patient’s insistence on an unnecessary test or drug? Is patient satisfaction a factor?
The Clinical and Financial Costs of Medical Devices
Sometimes it makes clinical and financial sense to purchase a medical device. Other times, it doesn't add up.
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