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By: Peter V. Sundwall Jr.

Every small community has a unique but similar cast of characters. Our small Southern Utah town was no different. From a young boy’s perspective, the cops and docs were feared but cautiously idolized, the mayor was respected, the athletic coaches were immortalized, and of course, we had the homeless man in town, whom we feared. 942 more words


Thank you goes a long way

By: Jose Rodriguez, MD

I have now been in Salt Lake City practicing for almost one year. Although it took me a long time to do it, I am pleased to say that I love it here more than before and look forward to a summer that was at least as amazing as this past winter. 596 more words


Empathy: The Best Kind of Medicine

Here I sit, in our closet of an ICU workroom, my left leg is locked straight in a rather cumbersome brace. ACL surgery was 3 weeks ago and I’m struggling to work the 12 hour days while fully participating in the rehab process. 782 more words

Family Medicine

Doctors and Patients: Victims of Circumstance

Here’s my take on the recent issue of doctor shaming. Much has been said and it has gotten tiresome. I don’t think I have to explain myself or my profession or my colleagues for being human and making our weaknesses slip. 645 more words


How to communicate that the disease is mild even though symptoms are disabling?

Beth McHugh makes a strong argument for doctors “not to explicitly discuss disease severity scale”.


(1) A valid informed consent would then become difficult… 40 more words

Cancer Treatments

Do as I say, not as I do? Discussing lifestyle change in the doctor’s office

By: Jason Lippman, MD,

With the overwhelming health burden caused by the Western diet and way of living, lifestyle counseling has become one of the most important roles of a primary care provider. 809 more words