Data in Direct Primary Care

I just wrapped up presenting at the American Academy of Family Physicians' annual Direct Primary Care Summit. The subject? Data in (direct) primary care. Not to spoil the whole piece, but we've worked for a long time to try to measure and prove quality in primary...

6 Ways Doctors Assess Causes of Fatigue

Chalk it up to whatever you want — a night of tossing and turning, being sick, feeling stressed at work — but we’ve all been there: absolutely bone-tired. Concerns about fatigue often bring people into my office. And it’s often hard to pinpoint exactly what’s behind...

Goal-Making 101 & A Look at KCDPC’s Goals for 2019

Every year there is this bizarre pressure to set goals with the changing of the calendar.  It’s as if flipping that number at the end of the year give some power to our willpower. As if we are stronger because there’s a more monumental change.  As if the changing of...

My Rural & Urban Career

I have this undercurrent running through me where I'm somewhat concerned that I'll never grow up. I'm never going to get a real job. I won't hold still, establish a commute, put pictures up in a cubicle. And I'll never be able to hold down a job as a lifelong career....

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A Commentary on the Cost of Care in the US

(I published a shorter version of this last week; this is the full piece in all its glory!  As always, I love a good discussion, so please feel free to reach out with any discourse. -- Allison Edwards, MD) --- Last week was a big week: my colleagues and I came...

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The Cost of Medicine

The Cost of Medicine

I was presenting during morning rounds midway through my intern year, paused outside a patient’s room. We were in the corner of the 9th floor, and the Westward-facing windows opened up in front of me to the vast expanse of the Rockies.  The sun was starting its climb...

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The Vacuum of Freedom After Residency

The Vacuum of Freedom After Residency

The first time I was asked to provide a bio -- in this case, it was to appear on my residency's website -- I wasn't sure what to include. It was supposed to be short, not really an autobiography or memoir, and it was supposed to make our program look approachable,...

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Summer Newsletter

Our Summer Newsletter is hot off the presses! In this issue, we talk about the future of DPC, what to do about lobsters and pain, and share a few announcements.   Summer 2018 doctor’s note The annual meeting of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians happened...

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The Problem with Pain

I recently traveled to Maine.  It wasn’t my first visit, but it was the first time in Maine that I was fully committed to learning all things Maine: the bugs, the use of the word wicked, partaking in the traditional whoopie pie (dessert, not some sort of assault), and...

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Start with Why.

Start with Why.

  We've been busy since the turn of the new year (and it's almost April!) with exciting new developments on the horizon for the clinic in the next year.  Stay tuned for updates on a new space (maybe!), adding a provider (or two?), and additional nursing staff to...

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Better pricing for Paps!

This post is short and sweet: we just secured much lower pricing for Pap smears! While we still perform the pelvic exam and get the Pap smear sample here in the office (it’s included in your membership!), the outside pathologist's interpretation costs extra. Our Pap...

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