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December 12, 2016
Power of Diagnosis: Delivering Bad News Is Just the Beginning

I first met TJ when he was newly diagnosed with HIV. Good-looking and soft-spoken, he was an out, young, gay black man who considered himself a leader amongst his peers. TJ had been infected recently, and knowing that patients diagnosed early are thought to enjoy better outcomes if they start medications quickly, I figured he […]

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July 13, 2016
Try PROBE Tool to Help Stave Off Burnout

When a friend of a friend of mine committed suicide recently, it hit me harder than I would have imagined. I didn't know the man and knew little about him other than that he was an emergency medicine resident and a member of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. When I learned of his […]

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June 10, 2016
Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, MD ... Family Physicians Are Dream Catchers

It helps to remember that we hold the key to the health of our patients, a point that was driven home at this year's AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders. I often hear that this conference is the heartbeat of the Academy, the place where key issues are tackled with an emphasis on change. Each chapter […]

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February 26, 2016
Accelerating into Family Medicine

In the summer of 2013 I was sitting in a small humid room in a coastal agricultural town in Ecuador, a young community health Peace Corps volunteer working on his personal statement to get into medical school. A few months later I received good news, acceptance to UC Davis, specifically the new accelerated medical school […]

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January 20, 2016
Retiring Physician Reflects on Career in Family Medicine

Many years ago, I brought my new stethoscope up to Community Hospital and the Family Practice Center across the street on Chanate, and spent three wonderful, intense years starting to learn to be a family doctor.  And began building relationships with people who came to call me their physician, and with people who came to […]

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November 24, 2015
FMRevolution: The Evolution Volume 1, Issue 2

When I was a medical student, I was uncertain how to become a leader. What I was certain of, however, was my love of free pizza.

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October 28, 2015
Passing the Family Medicine Torch

An ancient Chinese philosopher said 'journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'.

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September 22, 2015
Family Medicine and Patient Centered Care Are the Best, Most Cost Effective Care for our Patients

I want to share a recent anecdote from my clinic which highlights how patient centered family medicine is cost effective and simply good care for patients.

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August 25, 2015
My Experience: Attending Medical School in Cuba

During one of my breaks from medical school in Cuba, I rotated at a US hospital. I was rounding with a third year Family Medicine resident who had a patient with a pleural effusion that needed draining.

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July 28, 2015
Family Medicine Revolution: The Evolution

Our hashtag #FMRevolution (aka Family Medicine Revolution) was born in 2011. At the time, my aims were two-fold:

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