Insights

Gifts from patients

Doctors Share Their Most Cherished Gifts From Patients

All too often, media portrays the relationship between patients and doctors as a hostile negotiation, ignoring the existence of wonderful doctor-patient relationships. We recently asked doctors on Sermo about one element of their great relationships…

Patients with diabetes

Diabetes Around the World

In 2012, about 9 percent of the U.S. population had diabetes, and about 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, There are major costs associated with the condition in the U.S.: average medical expenditure…

When hospitals run out of beds

What Happens When Hospitals Run Out of Beds

The optimal occupancy rate for a hospital is 85 percent, but in many hospitals around the world the occupancy rate is actually significantly higher. When the rate remains high for prolonged periods of time, it…

Physician suicide

What ails your doctor, ails you

It is a difficult and little-known truth that doctors are about twice as likely to commit suicide as members of the general public – according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, physicians have the…

HIV Testing Day

Getting to Zero: Are You Part of the Solution?

If you knew of a newly developed prevention method that offered your patients 90% protection from a potentially fatal and incurable viral infection, would you offer it to them?  HIV experts are more optimistic than…

US Doctors weigh in on the American Health Care Act

Physicians on the Sermo social network are not strangers to discussing healthcare policy – they’ve collectively evaluated parental leave policies, the presidential candidates’ perspectives on the ACA, regulating drug prices, how to curb the opioid…

Child of a physician

Open Letter to the Child of a Doctor

~ By Valerie A. Jones, MD (of obdoctormom.com) It was the end of my 3rd year in ob-gyn residency. I was 39 weeks pregnant with you and doing a hysterectomy, my gravid abdomen being utilized…

New Insight and Understanding of Fragile X

Fragile X-associated disorders (FXD) are among the most common inherited causes of intellectual disability. A new supplement dedicated to FXD was published in Pediatrics on June 1st. Funded by the CDC, this supplement contains some…