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The benefits to mentors, mentees, and medicine overall are clear and measurable

“Mentorship is the key ingredient for success in medicine,” wrote medical student Jackie Olive on KevinMD.com. Proponents of mentoring say that’s true not only for medical students and residents, but also for doctors at any stage of their careers. “I believe all physicians can benefit from having a mentor. Even mentors need mentors,” wrote Brian Harmych, M.D., on PhysiciansPractice.com.Read More

How meeting the needs of 80 million millennials benefits patients of all generations

Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation. Defined as those born between 1982 and 2000, this group is more than 80 million strong and represents more than a quarter of the U.S. population. While millennials have been pegged as fickle, cheap, and overly dependent on technology, the fact is, this diverse group of tech-savvy, cost-conscious, engaged consumers is changing health care. Doctors who understand what makes millennials tick, and what’s a turnoff, just might find that meeting this generation’s needs benefits all their patients.Read More

What your patients need to know about these concerning new apps

Online eyewear retailer Warby Parker has given optometrists one more reason to dislike them. Now, in addition to offering customers a greater selection of eyewear at a lower cost than most brick-and-mortar eye doctors can offer, Warby Parker is introducing an online eye test.Read More

The number-one most talked about blog post of 2016, according to Medical Economics, was about how more young doctors are jumping ship to non-clinical roles. “[A]n increasing proportion of the roughly 100,000 doctors in medical school today do not intend to treat patients as their primary career – or at all,” wrote Ryan Gamlin, a former health care management consultant and current medical student at the University of Cincinnati.

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What if there were a way to give patients more of your time and attention while also giving them the opportunity to learn better health habits from their peers? There is, and it’s called the shared medical appointment. The concept is catching on with both doctors and patients, since it can reduce the cost of care while improving the patient experience. Read on to find out what a shared medical appointment is, what it is not, and whether this may be one way to address the changing U.S. health care system’s needs.Read More