Family Practice Examination: How A Good Board Review Helps

Posted on July 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

Are you panicking about the family practice examination? Wondering how to plod through mounds of information and case studies? With some basic preparation, you can easily sail through the family practice examination.

The first thing to do is to brush up on your basics. It seems like a trifle, but a good theoretical grounding in the basics of family practice means you are already one step closer to cracking the examination. Learn all the important points and take into reckoning all the probable questions that can come in the examination. Make lists of answers, and keep your question and answer list ready for easy reference while you study. The information is too vast and varied for you to know it all, so it makes sense to remember the crucial points. Try using mnemonics and other memory aids to help you memorize information.

Supplementing what you are learning with visuals is useful. Diagrams and illustrations help to visually support what you have learnt only through text. After all, medicine is all about practical application so the more you know about the human body, it prepares you better for the family practice board review examination.

It is a good idea to take a mock-test before the actual examination to check if you have assimilated all that you studied. And, if your mock-test does not go too well, you always know that you have time to prepare. You also get a fair idea of which topics you need to revise more. Taking a test in the simulated environment of an actual examination can go a long way in helping calm your jitters on the d-day.

Several institutes offer family practice board review courses. Check them out to see if they contain all that you need to pass the examination with confidence. A good family practice board review course not only presents all the information you would need in a structured manner, it also offers dynamic lectures, audio CDs and visual aids to help you prepare easily. While self-study is always useful, systematic study under good instructors can help clarify any doubt about a topic. Plus, the courses have case-studies to help you understand how the theories that you read of have been applied in practice.

The Ostler’s Institute in Indiana offers an array of family practice board review courses designed to help you face the examination with confidence. Their courses feature interactive lectures, visual aids such as picture quizzes, and auditory aids in the form of MP3s.

Concierge Medicine Review – Shared Doctor Appointments

Posted on July 24, 2019 in Uncategorized

Sharing a doctor to increase productivity? Sharing a doctor’s appointment to bond with other patients suffering from the same chronic condition? It is the kind of thing that concierge doctors are concerned over. Imagine paying full price, or your full co-payment, and going to a shared doctor’s appointment with 30 other patients who might be experiencing the same chronic condition that you are. Does this sound like a good idea, or a recipe for disaster?

“Shared medical appointments improve patient access, enhance patient and physician satisfaction, and increase practice productivity, all without adding more hours to a physician’s work week. There is even evidence that they promote better outcomes and lower overall costs of care.” That’s according to ManagedCareMag.com.

Lets add some insight into the previous image; imagine paying full price for a doctor’s visit, visiting with that doctor in a room full of other patients, or ‘observers,’ who are able to ‘sit-in’ on your doctor’s appointment, share ideas, discuss symptoms, and listen to every word that you are telling your doctor. Not much room for privacy, huh?

And when it comes to privacy, there are two different thoughts on the matter. One patient told NBC that his experience with the shared doctor’s appointment was not all it was cracked up to be; “One on one I can talk to the doctor and ask personal things, not that I can’t do that here but I don’t want to take up the time.”

And yet a physician told another media out let the exact opposite; “The biggest surprise was patient confidentiality,” says Rajan Bhandari, MD, chief of neurology at the Kaiser Permanente Santa Theresa Medical Center in San Jose. “They reveal more about themselves than I would ever have known about them otherwise. They seem to really blossom when they’re in a warm, empathic environment where they feel nurtured, supported, and not alone.”

While the money spent is exactly the same, the confidentiality seems to be lacking, and the overall medical treatment might be deficient, physicians say the “real benefit is that instead of pretending that patients who have been living with chronic medical conditions don’t know anything about them, you actually involve them in the care-giving process.”

According to ManagedCareMag.com, a two-year study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed that patients participating in the cooperative-clinic model stayed independent longer and were more satisfied with their physicians and with their understanding of their medical conditions. Physician satisfaction also increased, while hospitalization and ER use decreased by 12 and 18 percent, respectively. Cooperative-clinic participants were 2.5 times as likely to stay with their physician and with Kaiser.

This method of medicine becomes not so much about the chronic condition itself, but about the person living with the chronic condition. This bonding between patients with like conditions and the ability to help one-another out in these shared doctor appointments seems to offer an “installation of hope.” In shared doctor appointments, patients no longer feel like they’re the only ones dealing with the chronic condition. They can see others living with the condition as well, whether in a greater way or a less fortunate way.

Another aspect of shared doctor appointments is the time spent with the doctor, though it might be ‘shared’ time. A general appointment with the family physician will run from between 8 to 10 minutes, while in a shared appointment that time is extended to 90 minutes, a benefit that makes patients feel as if their getting their money’s worth.

While it might be a little different, and may take some getting used to, it is creating a buzz in the medical community and it is getting people excited about more possibilities for healthcare. Shared doctor appointments are bringing more attention to the fact that patients are frustrated with the system, with the way they are treated in their 8 minute doctor appointments, and that they are looking for alternatives to general medicine.

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How to Find the Best Acne Medicine

Posted on July 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

Due to the prevalence of acne, a number of medications or treatments have surfaced. Each however claims that it is the best acne medicine available in the market today. With the myriads of medications that are available, it sometimes becomes hard to choose the specific acne medicine that would be considered as the best. The question to be answered – which one is the best?

In any product, the safest way to know whether it is effective or not is to ask the persons who have tried that certain product, right? The same goes with acne, it is a good idea to ask acne sufferers what product or medicine was able to get rid of their acne. One must also know the different side effects that the medicine caused, It is important to know these things in advance so that necessary precautions can be taken in case a similar side effect would be felt by the patient.

The length of time needed to take the medicine must also be known. There are medicines that don’t take a long time to heal. There are those that take a long time to take effect. Either ways, it is important to know the duration of the medication so that if it would be quite a lengthy period of time, finances can also be prepared ahead of time to sustain the medication.

It is not surprising if the best acne medicine would have a higher price than other treatments. This is primarily because when something has gained immense popularity at one time, it would always follow that its cost would be high as well. Acne medicine would always depend on the type that the doctor would be giving. Usually it is at around $30 – 90. However, not all medicines that carry a high price tag are synonymous with being effective. When it comes to the skin, it must work both ways. The medicines must adapt with the skin, and the skin must also adapt with the medicine to achieve the best results. Sometimes, it can be ironic when the medicine with the lower cost is actually the one which could give the best results.

One can also try reading reviews on medicines. This way, unbiased information can be derived regarding the different medicines being reviewed. It is normal to see medicines that are on the opposite sides of the pole being reviewed. The medicine could be really bad or superbly excellent. Mediocre medicines often do not get reviews because critics often feel that they can neither attract those who take life seriously nor those who do not.

If one uses a really high quality medicine to treat acne, it is not automatically an assurance that acne will be cured. In treating acne, the skin must find the right medicine that it can adapt to, before some positive changes on the affected area can be seen. It is very important to be very careful when choosing the best acne medicine to use since a wrong choice might lead to even bigger problems such as worsening the acne itself.

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Tinnitus Miracle Review – Does it Work?

Posted on July 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

This article is a Tinnitus Miracle Review and will discuss the program called Tinnitus Miracle. Does it Work? Or is it another scam to make money?

First of all, what is tinnitus? It is a perception of sound in proximity to the head in the absence of an external source. It can be perceived as being within one or both ears, within or around the head, or as an outside distant noise. The sound is often a buzzing, ringing, or hissing, although it can also sound like other noises. According to the American Tinnitus Association, an estimated 50 million people in the United States have chronic ringing, persisting for greater than six months. For 12 million people, this perceived sound is severe enough to interfere with daily activities. These people are effectively disabled by this sound to varying degrees. Furthermore, there is no cure for this noise in the ears. Rather physicians aim at improving the quality of life and lessening the impact of ringing on their patients. Since there is no clear cut treatment for it, many people find themselves spending thousands of their hard earned money in treatments that did not help or did not last.

What is Tinnitus Miracle? It is a 250 page e-book that was written by Thomas Coleman, a nutrition consultant, health specialist, medical analyst and a former victim. He, like many others, suffered years from noise in the ears and spent thousands trying to find a cure to his ringing including prescribed drugs, homeopathic techniques, and even surgery. These treatments only provided him limited relief for only brief periods at a time. His ringing would return and in fact would always come back with a vengeance. He ultimately found a way to heal this holistically. His e-book is based on his 14 years of diligent research work on proven techniques that have worked for thousands of men and women who suffer from noise in the ears. The e-book uses a 3 step multi-dimensional approach focusing not only on the body but the mind as well.

So how will Tinnitus Miracle get rid of constant noise in the ears for you? Basically, the e-book gives a wealth of information including everything you need to know about ringing and recent shocking surveys. I found that the e-book program reveals at least 27 powerful secrets that can benefit any sufferer. Some are as follows:

— Top eight best foods and top ten worst foods you should never eat when you are a sufferer
— The 1st most important element that when eliminated can virtually banish over 85% of all sufferer cases
— The most powerful homeopathic herb that can quickly reverse most sufferer conditions
— The one secret 100% natural vitamin supplement guaranteed to make a dramatic impact on your condition sometimes in a matter of days
— Medication to avoid that can worsen your condition
— Several best-kept supplements that almost nobody knows about
— Surprising personality characteristics common in most sufferers
— The link between sounds in your ears and the emotional brain and what can be done to alleviate this
— How to diagnose your condition using a multi-dimensional approach
— Breathing strategies and techniques proven to significantly help your body to start to heal itself and fight the noise in your ears
— The truth about yoga and homeopathic remedies as treatments
— The crucial link between lack of sleep, stress, anxiety, and noise in your ears and what can be done

Do I recommend Tinnitus Miracle and why? First of all, anyone looking for a quick fix solution to getting rid of the sounds in their ears, anyone looking to be told fairy-tales, and anyone looking for a “magic bullet”, pills, over the counters, ‘cure in 2 weeks’ hyped up programs should not waste his or her time with Tinnitus Miracle.

On the other hand, anyone searching for the truth about noise in their ears and alternative health and who is ready and willing to put in some work and make the lifestyle changes necessary to get rid of sound in their ears fast will find Tinnitus Miracle to be one of the best investments they ever made in their lives.

There is no cure-all medicine and in fact most chronic sufferers will require more than one approach to treating ringing in the ears. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on invasive procedures and medications that will give you side-effects, I think getting all the facts from a person who truly suffered from ringing is a good idea and definitely will not hurt. This e-book uses not only proven-to-work techniques and all natural product recommendations but also gives you a wealth of powerful information that can be used to alleviate and cure your condition. It is no wonder that Tinnitus Miracle has already saved thousands of sufferers from all over world from their annoying ringing in their ears which handicapped their lives for so long.

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