Archive for February 2016

When there is nothing more to do… by Heath Many, MD

Drs. Heath and Angela Many were Knoxville physicians who gave up their medical careers stateside to follow God’s call upon their lives to serve as teaching physicians at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya.

Dr. Heath Many, a general surgeon, shares in his latest post about being at the point in your life when there is nothing left to do.  When the only thing you can do is be present in the pain and suffering and rely on God to do His will.

However, the only place where we can fully see Christ is when we are stripped of everything.  Only when we realize the frailties of our flesh, the briefness of this world, and the passing of material possessions can we truly see our need for the cross.  And so, very likely, this lady came to know Christ in deeper ways than many of us who have followed Christ for years.  But my role is not to be a judge.  Instead, I am called to be a witness in a time of great need- a need that cannot always be met by modern medicine or years of training.

When there is nothing left to do…


Three Reasons Why Employers Should Care about Direct Primary CarePosted by Samir Qamar

Dr. Qamar is the CEO and founder of Medlion which is one of the oldest Direct Primary Care networks in the country. They’ve done great work in laying the foundation for DPC offices to thrive. Here, Dr. Qamar outline several good reasons why adding a DPC element to the employee healthplan could lower the overall cost of health insurnace and provide more benefit to the employees.

Three Reasons Why Employers Should Care about Direct Primary Care


Direct Primary Care is good for Tennessee Op-ed

The Knoxville News Sentinel published my opinion piece about the value and necessity of Direct Primary Care for Tennesseans in today’s edition.  Thanks to the Beacon Center of Tennessee for helping to promote this piece as well as promoting good legislation that would allow DPC practices to thrive in our state. A good DPC practice provides individualized medical care to its patients  at a dramatically lower cost and   encourages other good physicians to move to our community while allowing a longer, more fruitful, career for those physicians considering early retirement as part of the epidemic of bureaucratic burnout. 

Dr. Mark B. McColl: Direct primary care best medical model


“Am I a health care business metric or a physician?” by Craig Bowron, MD

Craig Bowron, MD, an internist and hospitalist in St. Paul, Minnesota, writes about how the patient-doctor relationship is altered when business leaders apply business systems and metrics to a ‘job’ where it often doesn’t make sense.

[Physicians] are looking for recognition that an ill patient is something more than a paradigm, pie chart, or simple algorithm, that a diseased person cannot be explained simply by finding an insurance billing code for their disease.

What will never be part of the system is the sacred space that I and an ailing patient occupy when I pull a chair to the bedside and commit all of my energy, education, and humanity to listening to and deciphering his or her story.