10 health blogs you should read- a family (doc) reunion

This is the third post in a series. Today I’m sharing 3 blogs written by family physicians.

For the introduction and first 5 blogs, here are the links-

blogs by docs

3 blogs by 3 docs

 

I recommend these health blogs because they

  • offer valid medical information on a variety of topics.
  • offer sound advice without quick fixes.
  • discuss common everyday health concerns.
  • discuss the healthcare system, how it works well and how it doesn’t.
  • offer insights on healthy living, both as individuals, families and a society.
  • show you how physicians think , feel and act , both as persons and professionals
  • will educate and challenge you.

 

People sometimes ask me if I  ever considered specializing, and I answer, “I did. I specialized in family medicine.”

According to the American Board of Family Medicine.

“Family medicine is the medical specialty that provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family.

It is a specialty in breadth that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences.

The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system and every disease entity.”

 

Like me, these physician bloggers are Board certified in family medicine. To become certified, we must:

  • Graduate from  a medical or osteopathic college
  • Complete an accredited residency
  • Maintain an unrestricted license to practice medicine
  • Pass a secure, computer-based certification examination every 7 to 10 years
  • Complete at least 150 hours of continuing medical education every 3 years
American Board of Family Medicine certification plaque
By completing the annual Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements , my certification will be extended through 2019.

Many family physicians belong to a national medical association, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), as well as our state chapters.

The AAFP provides high-quality learning opportunities for family physicians,  patient education materials and practice management support.

 

I don’t know these doctors personally, nor am I directly financially connected to them.

(This post does have affiliate links which can pay a commission to this blog for purchases made through them. )

 

Prevention Not Prescription

Transforming from a sick care to a health care system

 a blog by Kohar Jones M.D. who calls herself physician-writer-educator-advocate,

Dr. Jones is  a family physician working in a community health center on the South Side of Chicago. She writes,

“I naturally think and write about what makes me and my patients healthy or sick–our families, friends, communities, life opportunities, and the bigger forces at play in the world that shape our opportunities.  My understanding of health was shaped in Senegal.”

On her blog, Dr.  Jones  explores “a new approach to medicine, health, healthcare, and caring, all encompassing. My goal is to support the creation of a society that promotes health via prevention, not prescription. ”

 

Topics include

Integrating biology, psychology and sociology to address individual health.

Integrating medicine, education, justice, transportation, housing, agriculture, policing, energy, defense, parks and recreation to address population health.

 

Her most recent post is dated July 2105 and she has an extensive archive back to September 2013.

This article is not on her blog but there is a link to it. It details her experience working in Senegal- “The silent scourge of development.”

The Chicago Public Library
The Chicago Public Library

 

 

 

Common Sense Family Doctor

Common sense thoughts on health and conservative medicine from a family doctor in Washington, D.C.

a blog by Kenny Lin, M.D. who is

  • a board-certified Family Physician and Public Health professional practicing in the Washington, DC area.
  • Associate Deputy Editor of the journal American Family Physician (AFP )

 

  • teaches family and preventive medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • Paid consultant to the American Academy of Family Physicians, John Wiley & Sons, and Business Health Services.

In this post he suggests that climate change may really be a health issue.

And here  Dr. Lin explains some medical terms that doctors use frequently but patients may not understand.

 

Dr. Linda

just a family doctor speaking up from the frontlines of medicine

 Linda Girgis MD, is a family physician who treats patients in South River, New Jersey and its surrounding communities. She

  • holds board certification from the American Board of Family Medicine and is affiliated with both St. Peter’s University Hospital and Raritan Bay Hospital.
  • collaborates closely with several universities and medical schools where she teaches medical students and residents
  • has earned awards and recognition from her peers and a variety of industry bodies
  • contributes to other health blogs
  • has written and published two books

 

Dr. Girgis’ primary goal as a physician remains “ensuring that each of her patients receives the highest available standard of medical care.”

Topics covered include medical information, healthcare policy, public health and poems, like this one she posted on World Cancer Day 

And in this post she encourages patients to advocate for their own healthcare.

Dr. Girgis wrote these books-

INSIDE OUR BROKEN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM and THE WAR ON DOCTORS 

THE WAR ON DOCTORS book INSIDE OUR BROKEN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM book

 

 

 

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