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Jay Parkinson’s story

I’ve been an admirer of Jay Parkinson, MD does since I first met him online. I also did an interview with him, include him in the medical curriculum of the University of Debrecen through my course about Internet and medicine; and present his story in nearly all my presentations.

He now described details of his own story on his blog. An excerpt:

Upon finishing my second residency at Hopkins in Baltimore in September of 2007, I moved back to Williamsburg to start a new kind of practice:

  1. Patients would visit my website
  2. See my Google calendar
  3. Choose a time and input their symptoms
  4. My iphone would alert me
  5. I would make a house call
  6. They’d pay me via paypal
  7. We’d follow up by email, IM, videochat, or in person

Medical education and residency is pretty militaristic. You fall in line or you’re out. Trust me, I’ve been there. If you are an “outside the box” thinker, this doesn’t last long in medical school or residency. The egos of your superiors are too threatened. This is an important fact. Doctors have such a preoccupation with being right, they can’t tolerate being wrong. This is of course needed because who wants to go to a doctor known for being wrong all the time? Questioning the status quo is threatening.

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  1. An incident occurred while I was working as an RN on a surgical unit. A new intern prescribed 60 units Regular Insulin to be given every day sq @ 7a.m. The obvious error being… he meant to write “6” units. A new graduate nurse did not heed the warnings of the night nurse who noticed the doctor’s written error.Or was it an error? The patient was administered 60 units regular insulin sq @ 7:15 a.m. I discovered this when I noticed the nurse walking out of the room w/ many insulin syringes in her hand. she had indeed given a dose 10 x’s the amount that was to be given. After ER measures taken when the pt. sugar levels bottomed out just before the BP went palp. After 5 hours of extreme close watch the patient responded well. the Md responsible for writing the order stood by his written prescription, stating” Her private medical doctor wrote that amount in his notes”. the fact was the PMD wrote “6 “u”‘s of regular insulin. The intern did not realize that 60 units was way too much.

    April 15, 2011
  2. This really answered the problem, thanks!

    August 8, 2011
  3. I definitely enjoy every little bit of it and I have bookmarked your blog.

    August 8, 2011

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