I am Board Certified in PM&R and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. My labor of love is primary / collaborative care for people with paralysis.
I am appalled by the steady loss of all the gains made by the Model Systems, PM&R and the Disability Rights Movement, not to mention health care and medicine in general.
I am trying to work with like-minded colleagues, patients and friends to turn it around.
We need to treat technology as a specific tool, not expect it to run by itself on autopilot and fix things. We need to embrace REAL quality care- not the pap shoved down our throats by bean counters who have never been sick a day in their lives.
The "calling" of medicine I signed up for includes our best effort to integrate the teachings of my professors, listening to my patients, imagining myself in their shoes with compassion, remembering time honored treatments, evidence based medicine, common sense, effective resource management, individual and population health, palliative care, and realistic goal setting WITHOUT losing the art of medicine, our patients' dignity and humanity, and ( most of all) our own health. Sorry for the run- on sentence.)
It's a huge job, but if we can get through medical training, we can do anything, right? After all, if WE don't do it, who will?