Are Sure You Know What Kind of “Doctor” is Treating You?

If you are not certain who is treating you, ask!!!

We are familiar with M.D. and D.O. (physicians). Many other clinicians are called doctor such as your dentist (D.M.D.), podiatrist (D.P.M.), optometrist (O.D.) and chiropractor (D.C.).

Read this from the New York Times:

“Hi. I’m Dr. Patti McCarver, and I’m your nurse,” she said. And with that, Dr. McCarver stuck a scope in Ms. Cassidy’s ear, noticed a buildup of fluid and prescribed an allergy medicine. It was something that will become increasingly routine for patients: a someone who is not a physician using the title of doctor. Dr. McCarver calls herself a doctor because she returned to school to earn a doctorate last year, one of thousands of nurses doing the same recently. Doctorates are popping up all over the health professions, and the result is a quiet battle over not only the title “doctor,” but also the money, power and prestige that often come with it.”

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Don’t Behave Emotionally When Asking for Hand-Washing Compliance

Recently a Fox Business story noted: “When Cari Shane requested that her four-year-old’s pediatrician wash her hands before starting the exam, the doctor complied, but was upset. But Shane, who is a public relations executive, says if she were in the same position, she’d do the same thing all over again. “What was more important? Having the doctor mad at me or protecting the health of my child?”

“Strict hand hygiene is the gold standard for reducing infections associated with health care-associated infections (HAIs), experts say. And when doctors, nurses and health care workers fall short, it’s important for patients to feel confident enough to speak up.”

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Does Your Physician Use an Electronic Medical Record (EMR)?

There are many advantages of electronic medical records. Electronic medical records (EMR) help health care providers better manage patient care by:

  • Getting accurate and complete information about their patient’s health
  • Better coordinating the care they give to their patients and families
  • Securely sharing information with patients electronically about their personal health record
  • Accessing information to help diagnose patients, reducing medical errors, and providing safer care at lower costs
  • An EMR contains patient health information, such as: Administrative and billing data; Patient demographics; Progress notes; Vital signs; Medical histories ; Diagnoses; Medications; Immunization dates; Allergies; Radiology images; Lab and test results

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Renowned Microbiologist Peter Palese, PhD, Honored

Peter Palese, PhD, a world-renowned microbiologist who has led seminal studies that continue to greatly expand the understanding of influenza viruses, was recently named a member of the 2014 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The organization is one of the nation’s most acclaimed honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. It includes among its current members more than 250 Nobel Laureates across disciplines and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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Town Hall Meetings Signal the Road Ahead

A commitment to excellence in clinical practice and patient satisfaction were central themes at six Town Hall meetings in April and May, when leaders from the Mount Sinai Health System met with faculty and staff from each hospital to discuss the institution’s strategic direction and answer questions about its integration.

The meetings—which included question-and-answer sessions—summed up the progress that has been made since The Mount Sinai Medical Center combined with Continuum Health Partners last fall.

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A New Master’s Program in Health Care Delivery Leadership

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is launching a unique Master’s program specifically geared to give health care leaders new knowledge and skills as they confront the challenges of delivering patient care in an era of unprecedented reform. The Master’s Program in Health Care Delivery Leadership is offered through the Department of Health Evidence and Policy and is currently accepting applications for its inaugural cohort that begins this fall.

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The Mount Sinai Hospital Salutes its Volunteers

Mount Sinai leaders saluted the more than 1,200 volunteers who support The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai during a recent breakfast held to honor their commitment and dedication.

Following a performance by two volunteer flutists from the Music for Healing program, Peter W. May, Chairman, Boards of Trustees, Mount Sinai Health System, told guests: “There is a broad range of individuals who help Mount Sinai. While some have the capability to support us financially, many more give their valued time, spirit, and compassion to help patients, families, and staff. We salute your enthusiasm and accomplishments.”

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