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Jun 20, 2018, 10:08 ETDoctor's advice on how to protect yourself from Lyme Disease

Harrisburg, Pa., infectious disease physician John Goldman, MD, has seen his share of patients with Lyme disease. His experience has taught him that...


Feb 27, 2018, 07:55 ETArt Students To Physicians: Don't Forget Why You Love Being A Doctor!

Time-consuming red tape. Frustrating bureaucracy. That's the unfortunate new way of modern medicine and it's causing increased stress for both...


Oct 15, 2017, 06:00 ETPhiladelphia Physician Sworn In As 168th President Of The Pennsylvania Medical Society

Theodore A. Christopher, MD, FACEP, professor and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) of...


Apr 20, 2017, 06:00 ETMay Is Melanoma Awareness Month

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells. Melanoma may appear on the...


Apr 18, 2017, 06:03 ETPennsylvanians want collaborative agreements between nurse practitioners and medical doctors

A March 2017 statewide poll of Pennsylvania adults over the age of 18 indicates Pennsylvanians want collaborative agreements between nurse...


Apr 06, 2017, 07:00 ETNew health care company begins work to enhance value-based health care in Pennsylvania

The Care Centered Collaborative, a new Harrisburg-based health care company founded by thousands of Pennsylvania physicians statewide, is now open...


Jan 03, 2017, 06:00 ETPromoting Teen Health Is As Easy As Wearing Lime Green January 9th Begins Teen Health Week

Health care blogger Laura Offutt, MD, is a volunteer internal medicine physician and a Pennsylvania Medical Society member. When not seeing patients, ...


Oct 17, 2016, 07:00 ETNew patient care delivery system enters health care 'race to get bigger' by keeping things small

After more than six years since the Affordable Care Act became law in March 2010, officials at the Pennsylvania Medical Society say health care...


Sep 01, 2016, 06:00 ETIs your school ready for an opioid overdose?

How serious is the country's opioid misuse epidemic? Serious enough for Pennsylvania to call a special session of its legislature and to take several ...


Jul 05, 2016, 08:05 ET'Medical Error' Study Shows Major Flaws, Should Be Retracted

Medical blogger Shyam Sabat, MD, practices neuroradiology in Hershey, Pa. He is also Vice-Chair of the Pennsylvania Medical Society Young Physician...


Jul 01, 2016, 06:05 ETFireworks Safety On The Minds Of Physicians

Fireworks sales will be blazing across the country from now through the Fourth of July. As retailers begin their promotions, the Pennsylvania Academy ...


Jun 13, 2016, 08:05 ETIs Happiness Possible? Burnout And Balance From A Physician Perspective

Medical blogger Gus Geraci MD is consulting clinical adviser at the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED). Prior to joining PAMED, Dr. Geraci worked...


Jun 01, 2016, 08:05 ETSurgery and Opioids: Changing the perioperative patient experience and expectation

Should patients expect their doctor to write an opioid prescription when recovering from surgery? In recent years, they have. Studies show that not...


May 23, 2016, 08:05 ETBeing Smart About Opioids: 'Warm Hand-Offs' Part Of The Solution To Fix The Crisis

Medical blogger Kristen Sandel, MD, is associate director of emergency medicine at Reading Hospital and the Young Physician Trustee for the...


May 10, 2016, 08:05 ETEnd-of-life Decisions: POLST Provides Peace Of Mind

Medical blogger Leon Kraybill, MD, CMD, is a geriatrician at Lancaster General Health and a Pennsylvania Medical Society member. In this blog, he...


Apr 13, 2016, 08:05 ETBusiness Decisions By Health Insurers Can Catch Patients Off-Guard

For the average American, having a health insurance card in their wallet provides a sense of health care security. It's commonly believed that as...


Apr 05, 2016, 08:05 ETTaking Action In Treating HIV/AIDS & Associated Mental Health

Medical student blogger Winifred Wolfe (MS-3) studies at Drexel University College of Medicine and is a Pennsylvania Medical Society member. She is...


Mar 23, 2016, 08:05 ETIn Pennsylvania's Fight Against Opioid Abuse, Drug Monitoring Database Could Be A Game-Changer

Physician blogger Joseph Teel, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Community Health in the Perelman School of Medicine at the...


Mar 14, 2016, 12:37 ETUnpleasant Surprises For Physicians And Patients

Physician blogger Gus Geraci, MD, consulting chief medical officer at the Pennsylvania Medical Society, looks at unexpected Obamacare reimbursement...


Mar 01, 2016, 08:05 ETTracking the Tracker: The Long Road for Pennsylvania's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Today, it's a well-known fact that prescription drug abuse is a public health crisis across the country. With politicians now jumping into the fight...


Feb 12, 2016, 08:05 ETPhysician Workforce: Greener Grass Depends on Priorities

Physician blogger Gus Geraci, MD, consulting chief medical officer at the Pennsylvania Medical Society, looks at employment and practice issues for...


Feb 08, 2016, 11:40 ETA First Time For Everything: Thoughts On Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf's Upcoming Budget Address

Political blogger Hannah Walsh, a legislative veteran with first-hand state capitol experience in Harrisburg and also associate director of...


Feb 05, 2016, 11:39 ETRising Generic Drug Costs Have Physicians Raising Red Flags

A December 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) followed by another nearly a month...


Feb 04, 2016, 07:55 ETRising Generic Drug Costs Have Physicians Raising Red Flags

A December 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) followed by another nearly a month...


Jan 18, 2016, 08:05 ETBlog: Teen Health -- Opportunities To Create Life-Long Habits

Teen years are a time of rapid physical and emotional growth. Health behavior patterns established during adolescence both affect the individual's...