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About Maurice Bernstein, M.D.

Entering the "dirty pond" or "down the drain", these expressions along with accompanying graphics are amongst a host of verbal expressions with their visual analogies which I have used over many Volumes to describe the status of the medical system as b...

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This graphic is my repeat presentation to this thread.  It first appeared here 5 years ago as the graphic on Volume 56 of "Patient Modesty". (Photograph  from U.C.L.A. library website  obtained through Google Images.  )Now...

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"Modesty is Not About Hiding Your Body. It's About Revealing Your Dignity"What I wrote in Volume 91 detailing  this expression:In other words "hiding your body" is a component of "dignity", a concept that is worthy of reminding those in the medica...

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"Modesty is Not About Hiding Your Body. It's About Revealing Your Dignity"What I wrote in Volume 91 detailing  this expression:In other words "hiding your body" is a component of "dignity", a concept that is worthy of reminding those in the medica...

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There currently is discussion as to exactly or inexactly what is the topic of this thread which has been published Volume after Volume for 13 years.  And whether there is a need to make the title of this thread more appropriate to the content that...

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There currently is discussion as to exactly or inexactly what is the topic of this thread which has been published Volume after Volume for 13 years.  And whether there is a need to make the title of this thread more appropriate to the content that...

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The animated GIF picture for Volume 90 (thanks to matthen.com via Google images) is my graphicimpression of what has been one of the primary concerns of patients writing here: unwanted, unnecessary or even non-permitted  bodily visual inspection d...

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The animated GIF picture for Volume 90 (thanks to matthen.com via Google images) is my graphicimpression of what has been one of the primary concerns of patients writing here: unwanted, unnecessary or even non-permitted  bodily visual inspection d...

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      There may be some confusion about the full role of the professional pharmacist in medical care. The patient, with
prescription from a physician in hand may consider the 
diagnostic phase completed and comes to the pharmacist for
the prescribed medication to take for their physician identified
illness.  On the other hand, pharmacists after their studies and

But, "Changes to modernize traditional medical education and care delivery are, in fact, currently being introduced, with interdisciplinary health professional teams emerging as a core element of new models. Before graduates of different health programs are assigned practice responsibilities, however, many questions still need to be answered: What are the core functions and responsibilities of practitioners in each profession? What is the minimum education and training needed for someone to attain the core competencies required to perform these functions well and safely? Where do the different professions intersect and where could the public benefit from services offered by more than one provider? How can interprofessional learning and practice environments foster and support collaboration? How can we prevent turf battles and encourage true collaborative, patient-centred, complementary care?"

So, the question to my blog readers is whether, as a patient, you would think that pharmacists should taught further to play the bigger role as diagnostician beyond screening and packing medication already prescribed by the examining physician? Are you satisfied with the relationship you have with your licensed pharmacist? Would you want your pharmacist to learn and carry out more clinical responsibility?  Physicians in the past and occasionally now have dispensed medication to their office patients after making a diagnosis. Should pharmacists take on a bit of the responsibility of making a diagnosis based on their more limited pharmacy school and hospital internship experiences? How do you want your pharmacist to be interacting with you as a patient? ..Maurice. 


 Graphic: From Google Images and NIDDK Image Library.





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      There may be some confusion about the full role of the professional pharmacist in medical care. The patient, with
prescription from a physician in hand may consider the 
diagnostic phase completed and comes to the pharmacist for
the prescribed medication to take for their physician identified
illness.  On the other hand, pharmacists after their studies and

But, "Changes to modernize traditional medical education and care delivery are, in fact, currently being introduced, with interdisciplinary health professional teams emerging as a core element of new models. Before graduates of different health programs are assigned practice responsibilities, however, many questions still need to be answered: What are the core functions and responsibilities of practitioners in each profession? What is the minimum education and training needed for someone to attain the core competencies required to perform these functions well and safely? Where do the different professions intersect and where could the public benefit from services offered by more than one provider? How can interprofessional learning and practice environments foster and support collaboration? How can we prevent turf battles and encourage true collaborative, patient-centred, complementary care?"

So, the question to my blog readers is whether, as a patient, you would think that pharmacists should taught further to play the bigger role as diagnostician beyond screening and packing medication already prescribed by the examining physician? Are you satisfied with the relationship you have with your licensed pharmacist? Would you want your pharmacist to learn and carry out more clinical responsibility?  Physicians in the past and occasionally now have dispensed medication to their office patients after making a diagnosis. Should pharmacists take on a bit of the responsibility of making a diagnosis based on their more limited pharmacy school and hospital internship experiences? How do you want your pharmacist to be interacting with you as a patient? ..Maurice. 


 Graphic: From Google Images and NIDDK Image Library.





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