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Scope & Scalpel - May 2018

  1. Tuesday, June 12 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm
    Hillis Board Room at Athol Hospital, 2033 Main Street, Athol, MA
    Tuesday, June 12 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm
    Hillis Board Room at Athol Hospital, 2033 Main Street, Athol, MA
    Learn more about Inpatient Pulmonary Rehab at Athol Hospital, one of the most comprehensive skilled programs in Central and Western Massachusetts.
    • Program overview including benefits for patients and qualifying factors
    • Hear from program patients about their experience and outcomes
    • Take a tour of the unit
    Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by June 5 to or call (978) 249-1214 for more information.
  2. Questionable Admissions“I've been coughing real bad, Doc,” the man told me. He couldn’t seem to stop. His green sputum was tinged with blood. His lungs crackled. Although his fever had briefly abated, he still shivered beneath his rough hospital blanket."

  3. Stethoscope Cleaning During Patient Care 
    We conducted a cross-sectional survey of healthcare workers in two community teaching hospitals to better understand clinicians’ beliefs and practices related to cleaning of their stethoscopes. The study was conducted from September 2015 to May 2016.

  4. Physician Burnout - The Hidden Health Care Crisis: Physician burnout is an under-recognized and under-reported problem. Characterized by a state of mental exhaustion, depersonalization, and a decreased sense of personal accomplishment, burnout may affect more than 60% of family practice providers and at least one third of gastroenterologists

  5. Would You Report an Impaired Physician? On the surface, physicians seem to be in agreement: Four out of five say they would report an impaired colleague, according to Medscape's most recent ethics survey…
  6. Prescription Drug Prices in the USPer capita spending on prescription drugs in the US is higher than in other industrialized nations, including Canada.

    Other Countries: In most industrialized countries, unlike the US, drug prices are regulated by the government. Centralized advisory boards determine the clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a drug. Prices are based in part on external price referencing (comparison of drug prices in several countries to determine a reference price) and are often transparent and capped. Fewer payers are involved, and in some countries, there is only a single public payer.

  7. The Evolving Surgeon Image: The stereotype of the abrasive, technically gifted white male surgeon is ubiquitous among members of the public and the medical profession. Yet modern surgeons are far more diverse and socially adept than the stereotype suggests. While the stereotype is largely a relic of days gone by, it continues to influence patients’ expectations and surgeons’ interactions with their clinical colleagues. The #ILookLikeASurgeon movement and subsequent #NYerORCoverChallenge demonstrate the changing face of surgery and the roles of social media in resisting the social and cultural force of long-standing stereotypes. 

  8. Mentoring MillennialsThe surgical case was straightforward: a young man had experienced a radial nerve injury from a broken humerus, now without neurological recovery. Tendon transfers to restore wrist and finger extension were planned. The surgeon, resident, and medical student approached the scrub sink together to review major teaching points, potential pitfalls, and contingency plans in case of complications. As the surgeon reached for a scrub brush, the medical student lingered back, his thumbs incessantly and rhythmically tapping on the screen of his phone. The surgeon peered at him with frustration, annoyed that again his student appeared more interested in his smartphone than the pathology. In an effort to engage him back to the case, the surgeon asked: “Can you tell me what tendons lie in each of the extensor compartments in the hand?” The student’s head snapped up, and he quickly rattled off the answer with ease. Smiling momentarily, he then asked, “Could I get your thoughts on this new video describing nerve transfers rather than tendon transfers for radial nerve injuries that was just uploaded to our educational portal? See, I have it pulled up right here, it was just presented last week at the plenary session…”

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Heywood Medical Staff Meeting
Monday, June 11 - 5:30 pm
Pierce Board Room, Heywood Hospital
Heywood Med Executive Meeting
Tuesday, June 5 - 11:45 am
OBS Conference Room 
Athol Med Executive Meeting
Wednesday, June 6 - 8 am
Hillis Board Room 
2018 Medical Staff Meeting Schedule

Welcoming New Providers

Below are the newest members of our medical staff (since last issue)
Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine