Frontline Doc Scripts

Let’s consign shared hospital rooms to the dustbin of healthcare history

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

The medical world has made terrific scientific and technological progress over the last century. Previously incurable diseases can now be treated as day cases and patients no longer have to accept a paternalistic, one-sided relationship with their doctors. Hospitals too, have a come a long way if you look at pictures of what they used

The Hero Case Managers

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

As someone who has practiced hospital medicine up and down the east coast for the last several years, I’ve had the fortune of working with some absolutely terrific colleagues. The hospital environment is by its very nature a busy and hectic one—where we all put our heads down and work tirelessly at the coalface for

It’s the economy, stupid

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Last week I was back in the United Kingdom for a short trip home. It happened to be the week of the general election, and after a long campaign the country finally went to the polls on Thursday. For those of you unfamiliar with UK politics, for the last 5 years there’s been a coalition

Healthcare IT: the secret barrier to patient satisfaction nobody wants to talk about

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

I was recently talking to a patient about having some extra help at home when she left the hospital with home nursing services. The elderly lady, highly intelligent and fiercely independent, politely declined with the reply: “No, I’m fine thanks Dr Dhand—all they’ve done before is just come in with their computers, barely talk to

Why I didn’t support the nomination of Vivek Murthy, but wish him all the very best

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Last week the new Surgeon General of the United States, Vivek Murthy, was officially sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden. Congratulations to him, it’s quite an achievement at the relatively young age of 37. Nobody can doubt the hard work, intelligence and passion that must have gone into reaching such a height. His nomination

3 things every physician should tell themselves after a bad day at the office

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Being a doctor is one of the most emotionally and physically demanding professions out there. The healthcare landscape may have changed a lot over the last decade, but the basic unavoidable grueling nature of medical practice has been the same for time immemorial. I remember reading a careers advice book when I was a teenager

What doctors can learn from Uber drivers

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

A couple of months ago I finally joined the swelling ranks of Uber customers. Several friends had been trying to persuade me for some time to start using the service, but me being generally skeptical of new technology (what they call a “late adopter”), it took an extreme situation to get me to finally download

My day on Capitol Hill advocating for hospital medicine

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Last week I was honored to spend a day on Capitol Hill as part of an advocacy event with the Society of Hospital Medicine. The organization, which I am proud to be a part of, held their annual meeting in Washington DC. The event involved a group of hospital physicians going to Capitol Hill to

3 characteristics of the best hospital leaders

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

In my travels up and down the East coast, I’ve worked with a number of healthcare administrators (and even temporarily been one myself, although quickly discovered that it wasn’t quite my cup of tea). The experiences that I’ve had have been highly variable and I’ve seen the full spectrum of administrators ranging from the brilliant

That “old-school” physician that we should all be like

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

A couple of weeks ago I was on-call and had to go down to the Emergency Room to see a patient. Before I entered the room, I was told that the patient was accompanied by her long-time physician who was a bit “crazy and old school”. “Hmmm…that’s strange…why would her physician be in the room