Category Archives: Family Medicine

Family Medicine Related discussions/ musings.

Ads promising a “Family Medicine career in a corporate chain of clinics” will blow you off your feet. But read this before you leap.

Some corporate chains have been exploiting young family medicine (FM) specialists in the name of FM. They show little interest in your family medicine, once that contract is signed. *** Dear all, a word of caution / alert: Please take … Continue reading

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Patient encounters: The scared sufferer-manipulator.

It happens routinely in 100% literate God’s own country. Maybe, even more so. *** A healthy-looking lady walked in to the clinic. “Doctor, I’m feeling much better” (She was in a near-crippling state 1-2 months ago). “I want to stop … Continue reading

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One GOOD reason to switch off your phone when you’re with your Doctor.

In day-to-day practice, we come across amusing instances that stump the doctor for a moment. This was one of them. This will be understood better if read in the light of the common Indian sociocultural mindset regarding children and marriage. … Continue reading

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2015: A historic, exciting and truly memorable year for Family Medicine in India.

My dear fellow journeymen, 2015 was an awesome year for FM in India. The year took off with the memorable Kerala state conference in Calicut in the 1st week of Jan itself, followed by an unprecedented number of state Conferences … Continue reading

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Of “strong” and “weak” medicines, “heavy” and “light” doses.

“Doctor, the previous doctor has given me a very strong medicine for diabetes. I don’t want to take it, I want another opinion”- demanded a grumpy, overweight, middle-aged patient. “Why do you feel so?” “Previously, another doctor had given me … Continue reading

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DNB practical exams v/s MRCGP (Int) OSCEs: It’s like batting in a Test match on a foreign pitch v/s T-20s!*

For those who love both- cricket and Family Medicine- and plan to give both these types of exams, one from our own Indian National Board of Examinations, and the other from the Royal Colleges 🙂 *** First, a look at … Continue reading

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Someone diabetic in your home? Buying a glucometer? Some practical, unbiased tips.

The universal “commonsense rule of advertisements” applies here too: Don’t fall for the spectacular claims which they flaunt. Most of the “high end” features are practically useless, just like in your smartphone. Disclaimer: I HAVE NO MONETARY “TIE-UPS” WITH ANY … Continue reading

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