Join cohosts Kendall Britt, MD and Amy Rogers, MD for a 15 minute check-up on current issues in medicine and health policy. The doctors examine current medical concerns in light of the best available medical evidence and the policy issues of the day with a focus on their impact on the doctor patient relationship.
Episode 136: Indpendent vs. Employed Physicians
Over the last several decades a shift from independent physicians to corporate-employed physicians has changed the healthcare landscape.
It would make sense to consolidate and take advantage of economies of scaled to make healthcare for efficient.
Today 2 Docs Talk about whether this supposition plays out. Who is happier - independent or employed physicians? And whose patients fare better.
Episode 135: Sleeping with Bedbugs
With stronger regulations on pesticides (for good reason), bedbug infestations have been on the rise in recent years. These little parasites live in the nooks and crannies of places where humans like to rest and recharge.
Today, 2 Docs Talk about bedbugs, what they are, what they do, and why they are on the rise.
Episode 134: A Look Back at HIV
When Kendall and Amy began medical training, the HIV/AIDS crisis was at its peak. The number of infections were blowing up, and people were dying in frightening numbers.
But looking back at the story of HIV, it's a lesson in how public health systems work and why fear should not guide our decisions.
Today 2 Docs Talk about the history of HIV and the current status of HIV-related disease.
Episode 133: The End of the Paper Chart
When EMRs or EHRS first started popping up, it was an exciting time to be alive. The promise of no longer having to dig through fat charts to locate a lab report or trying to decipher some all but illegible note from a consultant left many physicians downright hopeful.
But, as with most changes in medicine over the past few decades, the real reason for shifting to electronic was financial. This means that many EMRs are not designed to better patient care, but to better the billing process.
Today, 2 Docs Talk about the role of EMRs, where they have failed us, and how we can still make them work for us with a little effort.
Episode 132: Melanoma Medicine
A lot has changed over the past 50 years. We've gone from a society that used baby oil and reflective tanning mats in the 70s to one that will spend $50 and up on a rashguard with UV protection.
These changes were prompted by the growing number of melanoma diagnoses.
In this episode, 2 Docs Talk about what melanoma is and how it's demographics have shifted over time. We also take a look at prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of melanoma.
Episode 131: The Anti-Vax Movement and the Dunning-Kruger Effect
With the continued persistence of the modern anti-vaccination movement, even with the studies that originated it debunked, we have to ask some difficult questions about what we know and how we reach people with accurate medical evidence.
The Dunning-Kruger effect is the wrench in the works when we ask those questions. How does it, and our modern love of celebrity, stand in our way?
Today, 2 Docs Talk about those questions and ponder some solutions.