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Dr. Tony Cirillo On Politics, Winning ACEP’s Excellence in Health Policy Award, and Getting Back “A Little Bit of the Soul”

Dr. L. Anthony Cirillo had been working on the industry-wide battle to get a reasonable replacement to Medicare’s “Sustainable Growth Rate” formula for more than a decade before Congress finally acted. Since 2002, Congress had been passing a series of “doc fixes,” one after another, to prevent the SGR from causing gigantic cuts to physician […]

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Working Shifts on Nantucket: “What Medicine Is All About”

Speaking with the providers who staff the emergency department at Cottage Hospital on Nantucket Island, one word keeps coming up in their descriptions: magical. Even then, Nantucket seems to evoke a special kind of magic, a kind of nostalgic wistfulness for the most perfect, wonderful, calming place in the world. They talk about the island’s […]

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A Growing Trend: Dr. Jesse Pines Moves to USACS

On July 12th, a widely known, highly accomplished emergency physician from one of the country’s finest academic institutions tweeted the announcement that Dr. Jesse Pines had joined US Acute Care Solutions: wow, I missed that @DrJessePines is moving to @USACSolutions Congrats to Jesse and huge gain for USACS. interesting data point in shifting sands of […]

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Journalist, Tattoo Shop Owner, and Sheriff: Three Physicians Who Came to Emergency Medicine As a Second Career

There is a certain stereotype of the fresh-faced, brand new attending: young, ambitious, their heads filled to the brim with medical education. These attendings first come to their post-residency clinical practice with plenty of intense educational experience – and often little life experience. These are not those. Dr. T.J. Milling, currently an attending at Dell Seton Medical Center in […]

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The Work, Life, Schedules, and Challenges of Husband-Wife ER Docs

There is no doubt that working in emergency medicine can make for unique scheduling challenges, especially when you have young children at home. It’s not uncommon to rely on one’s spouse to maintain a more normal 9-5 schedule and take on primary responsibility for kids. But what if you and your partner are both emergency medicine […]

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No Location in Mind, Dr. Hela Kotob’s Job Search Was Wide Open

When Dr. Hela Kotob started her search for a job post-residency, she felt overwhelmed by her options. Without a particular location in mind, she entertained a bunch of possibilities. Her family wanted her to come back to Iowa, but she was more interested in traveling somewhere new. Engaged to be married, her husband, also a […]

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The Top 5 Most-Read Posts of 2017

The Shift’s most-read posts from 2017 ran the gamut, from columns on physician burnout by Vice President of Marketing and Recruiting Dr. Travis Ulmer, to a story by President of USACS East Dr. Angelo Falcone on the responsibilities of physician ownership, to a 4-year-old post on hospital capacity management by Chief of Observation Services Dr. […]

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