Celebrating North Florida’s Doctors

10 Tips to Make the Most of CME Opportunities

Here are ten tips to help you make the most of the CME opportunities available to you as a Florida physician

Bryan Campbell, CEO, Duvall County Medical Society
and Melissa Carter, VP, Florida Medical Association
—Florida Doctor Magazine: Summer 2018

Ok, we know. Completing continuing medical education (CME) is not always at the top of your list of favorite things to do. particularly when regulatory boards and licensing authorities impose seemingly arbitrary and cumbersome requirements that may seem irrelevant to your everyday practice. With the resulting box-checking, credit-counting and searching for mysterious “mandatory” education, it is no wonder that physicians are left scratching their heads …

Read Full Article

The Changing Landscape of Pain Management and Opioid Legislation

The Expanding Opiod Epidemic Has Prompted Broader Focus on Education, Policies, Regulation and Compliance

Sophia Sheikh, MD, FACEP
—Florida Doctor Magazine: Summer 2018

Approximately 100 million U.S. adults are burdened by chronic pain, totaling more than diabetes, cancer and heart disease combined. Those estimates do not account for acute pain and children. Pain is the most common reason for seeking health care and, as a presenting complaint, accounts for up to 70% of emergency department (ED) visits. Yet is often undertreated—especially …

Read Full Article

Incorporating Telehealth Nurses in Your Telemedicine Services

Telemedicine Provides New Opportunities for Better Patient Care as Well as Cost Savings

—Nurse Triage Models are Now Making it More Effective and Efficient

By Dr. Charu Raheja, Ph.D.

Hospitals, specialty clinics, and other healthcare organizations are expanding telemedicine to provide quality services and generate revenue. There are many telemedicine options available for each organization’s unique needs and it is important to be aware of the factors that providers must consider to make telemedicine services successful for the patients and the organization.

Telemedicine Adoption

According to the 2017 Foley Telemedicine and Digital Health Survey of more than 100 senior hospital executives, more than three-quarters of those surveyed are…

Read Full Article

Setting New Standards in Vision Care

Improving Patients’ Vision Through Innovative Cataract Laser Surgery

By Dr. Amit Chokshi

The number of cataract surgeries in the United States has soared to 3.6 million and is expected to rapidly grow in the coming years as life expectancy continues to increase.

In the past five years this procedure has had an astonishing array of advances which have not only resulted in a correction of the patient’s vision, but have also allowed surgeons to achieve a substantially higher level of clarity, precision and accuracy. These advances have enabled surgeons to provide better results that substantially benefit the lives of their patients. 

Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery

The use of laser technology within the medical field has soared…

Read Full Article

Leaders in Transplant Innovation in Florida

Half-century of Saving Lives Through
the Advancement of Organ Transplants

By Karin Lillis

Over the course of the last five decades, University of Florida Health Shands Transplant Center faculty and staff have performed more than 8,000 organ transplants. They provide lifesaving care for adult patients receiving heart, liver, lung, kidney and pancreas transplants. The center also provides care for pediatric patients receiving heart, lung, kidney and pancreas transplants.

“UF Health Shands Hospital is fully committed to organ transplantation. UF was the first center in the state to provide most of these lifesaving procedures. The intent is to build on this foundation and…

Read Full Article