Editorial-Ophthalmology Times

Beware venom ophthalmiaThings that strike terror in the hearts of many Americans—spiders, earthquakes, Ebola virus disease, and politicians with plans to “fix” healthcare—don't faze me much. But, for as long as I can remember, I have had this visceral negative reaction to snakes.
Are medical students happy?Many, many, many years ago, when I was but a young trainee doing my fellowship year in Corneal and External Diseases, my professor called me into his office on multiple occasions. “Sit down,” he would say, and I did. “So, are you happy?” he would ask. It struck me as an unusual question at the time. Today, I wonder if my professor might have been on to something.
What’s the cost of a human life?The expenditures for medical care in our country are “unsustainable,” says the Dallas Morning News, whereas The New York Times, in an editorial entitled “Why we must ration healthcare,” declares the monetary valuation of human life to be immoral. Everybody says we spend too much on healthcare, so they must be right. Right?
The CEO that nobody loves‘The irony is that compounding pharmacies were not long ago about as popular as Shkreli is today, related to an outbreak of fungal meningitis complicating the use of specially compounded steroids.’
Playing the blame gameWhose fault is it for damaging the U.S. healthcare system?
Following a physician code of conductSociety has variable expectations about the integrity with which people conduct themselves.
What have you learned in the past 10 years
What have you learned in the past 10 yearsSome medical specialties are exploring the possibility of abolishing recertification examinations every 10 years in favor of other alternatives. Is ophthalmology next?
How would an ophthalmologist respond when faced with death?How does any of this relate to ophthalmology? In our offices, we don’t face dramatic this-or-that moments of choice that define us in the way these young men were defined by their decision. For ophthalmologists there is always only one option—to do whatever is in the best interest of our patients.
Is the FDA violating the right to free speech?I am grateful that my ophthalmologist friend and I live and practice in countries where we are free to speak our minds.
Do we jump on the $70,000 salary bandwagon?
Do we jump on the $70,000 salary bandwagon?What would happen if all ophthalmic staff were allocated such a salary?