The future of health care must be patient-centered, like its past
Is the practice of medicine coming full circle? As the administrator of a large medical practice, I believe it is. For many wistful Americans, the image of the community physician making routine house calls is a lost icon, a symbol of nostalgia. In a simpler time, in a much more... Read more
Medical profession takes closer look at how money issues affect patients
Family practitioner Mark Ebell was 28 when he moved down from a prosperous part of Michigan to practice family medicine at a community health center in the tiny Georgia town of Colbert. Although many of the conditions he treated were much the same in the two states, his patients... Read more
Medical school seeking to expand Ga. footprint to underserved area
The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, which already has a campus in suburban Atlanta, is moving to develop another med school location in Georgia. PCOM has signed an agreement with Colquitt Regional Medical Center in Moultrie, in southwest Georgia, to produce a feasibility plan and present it to an... Read more
Many Georgia doctors are dissatisfied, survey shows
Georgia’s physicians are slightly more pessimistic about the future of medicine than their counterparts nationally, a recent survey found. Two of three Georgia doctors — 66.8 percent — said they were somewhat negative/pessimistic or very negative/pessimistic about medicine’s future, versus 62.8 percent of doctors  nationally, according to a survey... Read more
The doctor’s white coat: A valuable tradition or a dangerously dirty habit?
Sylvia Wright hails from a family that has a long tradition of white coats. The Atlanta-based dermatologist and partner at Peachtree Dermatology Associates is a fourth-generation physician. For her, the white coat represents “the honor, the service and the commitment of practicing medicine.” But Wright could be the last... Read more

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