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The Pied Piper Effect

December 11, 2020 3:19 pm Published by Comments Off on The Pied Piper Effect

I wrote Rebuilding Trust in Healthcare: A Doctor’s Prescription for a Post-Pandemic America without expecting to develop it further into an audiobook. But as the book’s popularity has grown in such a short time, I hired a professional actor as a narrator, and I can say that I am thrilled with the performance of Nick [...]


Storytelling

November 19, 2020 2:19 pm Published by Comments Off on Storytelling

A powerful communications medium, with the chance to get into someone else’s mind and connect through experience. Sometimes the experience is vicarious, because not everyone has lived what the storyteller has. But the storyteller’s words can have a profound effect, and the listener can appreciate what is told within a recognizable context. The works of [...]


Bogey Busters Book Signing

October 12, 2020 3:15 pm Published by Comments Off on Bogey Busters Book Signing

What better way to launch a book signing tour than with a bunch of golfing buddies? The short answer: there is no better way. First, you have a captive audience. Two foursomes playing golf on Columbus Day weekend make for good times among friends. These gentlemen golfers received a “swag bag” from me containing a [...]


Rx for Success Podcast

September 4, 2020 3:07 pm Published by Comments Off on Rx for Success Podcast

Great news! I was a guest on Dr. Randall Cook’s podcast, Rx for Success, and the audio can be downloaded on September 14, 2020 at www.rxforsuccesspodcast.com. We discuss the release of my new book, Rebuilding Trust in Healthcare: A Doctor’s Prescription for a Post-Pandemic America. Those embarking on a career in medicine receive some tips, [...]


Winding Down, Facing Up: Insights Gained on the Road to Retirement

June 29, 2020 2:03 pm Published by Comments Off on Winding Down, Facing Up: Insights Gained on the Road to Retirement

Winding Down, Facing Up: Insights Gained on the Road to Retirement, published on February 16, 2020, addresses issues raised in experiencing burnout, leaving a medical practice, and finding another calling. A message of hope and of redirection of professional energy (in my case toward writing), suggests that dark moods can be a temporary state that [...]


The Ultimate Sibling Road Trip: honoring our deceased parents’ caregivers

April 7, 2020 3:17 pm Published by Comments Off on The Ultimate Sibling Road Trip: honoring our deceased parents’ caregivers

The invitation came in my email from my older sister, Shirley, in late January 2020. Hi Paul, It was great seeing you for lunch and we look forward to next month when we can celebrate your birthday. I’ll be flying into Phoenix to see Sue in mid-March for a long weekend (Thurs. March 12 – [...]


The profound influence of a physician’s mother

January 13, 2020 2:55 pm Published by Comments Off on The profound influence of a physician’s mother

It is a busy time of year. I made my rounds to collect my skis after tuning, to pick up items for our Christmas guests, to get my haircut and to claim my new eyeglasses. I drove to my golf course and took a half-hour walk on snow-covered paths with my dog. Dropped him at [...]


Parallel thinking won’t solve problems in healthcare By Paul Pender MD

November 4, 2019 3:41 pm Published by Comments Off on Parallel thinking won’t solve problems in healthcare By Paul Pender MD

A lot of media attention, including television, print and online sources, is focused on various plans to revolutionize the delivery of healthcare in America. Critics point to medical errors, waste of resources and lack of access among the numerous factors requiring the replacement of our healthcare system. To many politicians and think tank experts, the [...]


Quality Talk

August 12, 2019 3:37 pm Published by Comments Off on Quality Talk

I am pleased to share with you a podcast in which I participated with Jodie Jackson, Jr. on his program, “Quality Talk.” Among the issues covered were the challenges physicians face in the new value-based reimbursement system called MIPS and some of the subjects discussed in my blog posts on “Burdens and Burnout” and “A [...]


A Zero-Sum Game

July 31, 2019 2:31 pm Published by Comments Off on A Zero-Sum Game

Some doctors are losers in this zero-sum game Although retired from my practice of ophthalmology, I still keep up with the latest developments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as they impact my former specialty. A decades-long reimbursement system based upon relative value units for exams and procedures is part of the [...]