I still remember the first time I donned a whitecoat (one of those half-length coats for students) with a stethoscope in my pocket and walked into a patient room at the big city hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1985. I was a second-year medical student at Indiana University, and I had just received instruction from my clinical instructor on how to perform a thorough history and physical. I don’t remember my first patient’s name, but she was a young woman with a loud systolic heart murmur even I could hear. I also remember three words that were to guide me through each step of a thorough physical exam: “Look, listen and feel.” A couple of years later, those three words became critical again as I took my first basic life support (BLS) course and became certified both in BLS and Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), prior to becoming a surgical resident. Again, the phrase, “Look, listen and feel,” was the guiding mantra to get my first BLS certification card.

Read More

To speak of artificial intelligence (AI) conjures dazzling images of an electronically reconfigured future managed, if not dominated, by calculating, thinking, autonomous machines. Realistically, AI has the potential to deliver numerous useful benefits to medical practice, especially as progress in medical science and healthcare delivery rely increasingly on digital technologies to store and analyze huge data sets. The health information in the human genome and the scientific content of medical journals, for example, exceed the capacity of the human brain to recall, interpret or keep up with exponential advances. AI promises to bridge that gap. Proponents are calling AI the fourth technological revolution following the neolithic transition to agriculture, the industrial revolution utilizing mechanized production and new sources of power, and the digital revolution based on computer processing of digital information.

Read More
Just Add Water DVD: Is There a Place for God in Medicine? | Communicating

Second in a series of “instant meetings.” Al Weir explores two subjects on this DVD, the first titled, Is There a Place for God in Medicine? As a medical oncologist, Dr. Weir faces tough decisions with his patients on a daily basis. Session 1 explores a topic that lies at the center of the task to care for those who suffer. Even if you are not a person of faith, when your patients are seriously ill, most of them will cry out to God for help. Answer questions such as:
» How do I put together God’s work and science in the healing of my patients?
» Do I have to take off my Christian hat when I come into the hospital and put on my scientific hat, then change again when I go home—or can I wear consistently a hat that says both Science and Christ?
» Is there a place for the God I serve in scientific healthcare?

Session 2 titled Communicating Bad News explores the methods used to communicate news to a patient that may not be well received. As physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual people, we as doctors and fellow humans are responsible for the whole person. Answer questions such as:
» What is this patient’s most important consideration when she hears the news?
» What do you feel when you are giving the news?
» Is communicating bad news an art or a science?
» What are your goals for the communication that is about to take place?
» What do you need to do the day before meeting with this patient?

Use this insightful tool to create an atmosphere for discussion and growth.

Session 1 – 31:30 minutes.

Session 2 – 21:06 minutes.

Each volume in the Just Add Water series includes advice from Dr. David Stevens on “How to Have a Meeting”.

Length is 10:12 minutes

Read More
Just Add Water DVD: Marks of a Christian Doctor 1&2 Marks of a Christian Doctor 1&2

The first in a series of “instant meetings.” This informative DVD will help answer questions such as: What is the difference between a doctor and a Christian doctor? Is it just belief in Christ as their Savior or is it more? Dr. David Stevens examines the “Marks of a Christian Doctor” in CMDA’s resource, Just Add Water. He looks at the characteristics Christian doctors demonstrate that sets them apart from their non-Christian colleagues. This two-session DVD will help you identify the marks of the Great Physician and learn how to incorporate them into your practice of medicine. Topics include:
· Scars, Bad or Beautiful
· Competency and Control
· Tyrant or Servant Leader?
· Communication, Character and Compassion.

Session 1 = 25:47 minutes.

Session 2 = 30:37 minutes.

Each volume in the Just Add Water series includes advice from Dr. David Stevens on “How to Have a Meeting”.

Read More

In medical school, were you taught to treat all patients with equal care and concern? Were you taught that it is unethical to discriminate against patients—refusing to treat someone or treating them less thoroughly—based on race, nationality, religion or even ability to pay? Were you taught to respect the beliefs of each patient, even while trying to explain how some of those beliefs might be harming their health?

Read More