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Ethics

March 11, 2019
This article describes an unfortunate encounter between a physician and a patient via video conference, during which the physician discussed end of life options.
March 1, 2019
Though medical care has become ever more dependent on teamwork, the profession has devoted relatively little attention to what makes for a good team. In this roundtable discussion moderated by Lisa Rosenbaum, panelists Amy Edmondson, Neel Shah, and Thoralf Sundt discuss empirical and cultural approaches to the pursuit of better collaboration.
January 9, 2019
Patients who were nonadherent to participating in cancer screening tests experienced increased mortality from noncancer causes. It is hypothesized that such patients are also noncompliant with general medical care recommendations, and that such noncompliance represents a behavioral phenotype.
November 29, 2018
Filmed at the 2018 STS Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Robert Sade moderates a debate on the ethics of a thoracic surgeon at a major medical center performing surgeries at a distant hospital and leaving postoperative care to a local general surgeon.
September 26, 2018
This objective, well-researched, and well presented article summarizes the importance of gender inclusion in cardiothoracic surgery as a means for improving institutional culture, patient safety, patient outcomes, and gender equality.
September 19, 2018
A New York Times journalist travels with Team Heart, a nonprofit organization providing humanitarian heart surgery for rheumatic disease in Rwanda. In addition to highlighting the overwhelming need, her perspective illuminates some harsh realities of these efforts in resource-poor countries.
September 16, 2018
The highly respected Cochrane Collaboration is in crisis today at its 25th annual meeting in Edinburgh as one board member is expelled and six more resign. There are more links below but it seems to have been over a dispute regarding the independence of authors and members with regards to links to industry and pharmaceutical companies.
August 31, 2018
A balanced editorial discussing the relevant RCT from Britain. The esteemed authors are correct to highlight the overall discouraging survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest WITHOUT NEUROLOGICAL DEFICIT. What does need to be done to improve a 3% acceptable outcome?
August 21, 2018
This cautionary article outlines new trends in how the courts view surgeon responsibility for obtaining informed consent.
August 10, 2018
The latest instalment in the gender discordance saga, this one proferred by business/management school academics. I am not convinced that the coarse gender comparison takes into account the size discrepancy in coronary arteries and other, well-known to medical practitioners, anatomico-physiological differences of human genders.

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