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Kermit the Frog's dad died of a sore throat
Written by Jeffrey R. Waggoner, MD   
Retail clinics - frog or prince? 
When the topic of “retail clinics” is discussed, invariably the phrase “simple problems such as a sore throat” is used to describe what will be taken care of in the clinics. That particular quote comes from the “Health blog” at Wall Street Journal Online.

The phrase is used to mitigate concerns that more serious problems will be treated in the bare bones environment of a few hundred square feet partitioned off from the men’s underwear and staffed by a lone mid-level provider (MLP).

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Good Doc - Bad Cop
Written by Jeffrey R. Waggoner, MD   
Dr. Jeff Wagonner
Dr. Jeff Wagonner
 
When I left medical school, I was part of a new wave of physicians who were not only armed with knowledge but also with the belief that medicine needed to be organized like any other discipline. I had been trained in the “Problem Oriented Method.” All my progress notes were SOAP, and all my charts had a detailed problem list. I doubt that many of today’s medical school graduates have ever even seen a chart without a problem list. It has become the skeletal structure upon which all else is hung.

It took me a while to discover that my ability to make people better required more than organization and knowledge. I had to learn that patients are people.

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