Dental and Optometric Care Access Act gains tractionAs the DOC Care Access Act, which has the backing of the American Optometric Association and the American Dental Association, continues to gain traction, the conversation will likely become more vocal on all sides.
Contrary to public beliefA seasoned dermatologist shares his views about dermatologists being overpaid, when to treat and when not to treat, and how best to stay informed.
Weighing diagnosis with deliveryRead and follow along as Dr. Elaine Siegfried shares her insight into obsessive diagnosing disorder, and how it can be a blessing and a curse.
The tale of the $220 tube of clobetasol creamThe economic realities of increased prices for medications strikes at the heart of the services that dermatologists provide for patients.
Nailing the diagnosisThe differential approach to diagnosis was first suggested a century ago by a pioneering German psychiatrist, Emil Kraeplin, but contributions to the evolution of the differential diagnosis (Ddx) have been made by countless outstanding physician-scientist-educators. Investing the time in direct communication with colleagues, rather than waging chart wars, is usually a very worthwhile win-win-win for clinicians, patients and colleagues.
UPP: A good decision for our patients
UPP: A good decision for our patientsSince 2013, one by one, the four major contact lens manufacturers (Johnson & Johnson, Alcon, Bausch + Lomb, and CooperVision) have enacted pricing policies that seek to limit what contact lens discounters can charge for certain products.
Is an optometric education cost-effective?
Is an optometric education cost-effective?High-paying careers all require an education, many beyond an undergraduate degree. Yet optometry faces challenges that have the potential to further erode income.
Editorial | Graduate medical education at the crossroadsIf you are like me, you had no idea who provided the money to pay your salary as a resident. I just assumed it was my hospital. But the federal government spends more than $15 billion per year on residency and fellowship training, and many are asking why physicians deserve this special largesse denied other professionals.
Are there too many optometrists?I’m certain by now we’ve all heard a lot about the recent AOA manpower study from the Lewin group. What the study was not designed to do—and so did not answer—was the burning question we all have: are there too many optometrists?
Intravitreal injections by optometrists?Our profession has had to fight for the privilege of caring for our patients with ocular disease. With optometry as a legislated profession, these battles have occurred in every state and, as a result, optometric practice acts vary widely. Ophthalmology does not have to endure such travails. Ophthalmologists can do pretty much whatever is in their purview, as is their right.