Second Opinions

Essays and opinions from our readers, always thought-provoking, sometimes controversial

Second Opinions
Pursuing My Passions: Why I Didn't Do Residency After Medical School

Deciding how to spend my time has been exciting ... and daunting

December 5, 2023
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How Much Pain Is 'Enough' to Prescribe Opioids?

A compliance plan can help optimize clinical decision-making

December 5, 2023
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Don't Neglect Tobacco Use in People Experiencing Homelessness

Cessation programs can save lives and improve financial stability

December 4, 2023
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Charting the Course: From Young Adult Leukemia Patient to Oncologist

My experience shaped how I care for patients today

December 3, 2023
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To Report or Not to Report Suspicions of Medical Child Abuse?

What the 'Take Care of Maya' ruling could mean for abuse accusations

December 2, 2023
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A World AIDS Day Reminder: No One Should Be Left Behind

Investing in at-risk communities at home and abroad is essential

December 1, 2023
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CDC Advisors' Infection Control Guidance Leaves Us Unprotected

The guidelines will lead to unnecessary infections and deaths if approved

November 29, 2023
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Ask Your Patients: 'Have You Gotten Your Annual COVID Shot?'

Primary care providers should broach this topic with all patients

November 28, 2023
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'Medicarelessness' Revisited After 50 Years

Privatization of the public program has simply bolstered corporate profits

November 27, 2023
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No Laughing Matter: Women's Health Is Not a 'Women's Issue'

It's about time the U.S. focused on women's health research

November 26, 2023
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We Need ICD Codes for Climate-Linked Health Outcomes

Improved medical coding can help quantify health consequences of climate change

November 25, 2023
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Your SAD Patients May Not Understand Why They Feel Depressed

How to address seasonal affective disorder in clinical practice

November 21, 2023
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The Broken Medicare System Is Forcing Physicians Out

Yet another physician pay cut will prevent timely access to care

November 20, 2023
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Proposed Methadone Treatment Legislation May Put Patients at Risk

We need evidence-based, safe, and effective solutions

November 19, 2023
A photo of a man receiving a dose of methadone in a plastic cup from a female healthcare worker.
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