Community Engagement and Prevention
Jul27

Community Engagement and Prevention

We all agree on the  need for “physician engagement.” I rarely attend a meeting of physicians where someone doesn’t say that the problem with healthcare is that patients are passive, non-compliant and demanding and that a more effective form of “patient engagement” is necessary. Those wails usually sound like an excuse to me for the poor quality and high cost of care that is perpetuated by our collective behavior, but I do agree that...

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The Triple Aim Before its Time
Jul14

The Triple Aim Before its Time

Lately I have been thinking again about the prescience of one of my most important mentors, Dr. Robert Ebert, who was Dean of Harvard Medical School when I was a student there. In my last blog post I cited a talk Dr. Ebert gave in 1967 at Simmons College, and I mentioned that it was a Triple Aim speech delivered 40 years before we had the Triple Aim. In today’s post I want to comment in more detail on that talk, and on the impact Dr....

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Health Disparities and the Triple Aim
Jul03

Health Disparities and the Triple Aim

Last Saturday morning I was thinking about health disparities as I prepared to give a keynote speech at the Whittier Street Clinic’s Men’s Health Summit and Grand Opening Ceremony.  I have recently joined their Health and Wellness Foundation Board and the CEO, Frederica Williams, has wasted no time putting me to work. For those of you who do not know the Whittier Street Clinic, it is a historic neighborhood practice in the...

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The Kate McMahon Lecture Delivered by Dean Robert H Ebert MD
Jul03

The Kate McMahon Lecture Delivered by Dean Robert H Ebert MD

This is the full text of the Kate McMahon Lecture delivered by Dean Robert H Ebert MD of Harvard Medical School at Simmons College, Boston, on October 19, 1967. Much has been written in recent years about medicine and the physician. In keeping with the “Madison Avenue” approach of our culture, a good deal of rhetoric has been lavished on the “image” of the doctor, and even more on the dramatic advances in the...

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