If You Like to Write…

Request for Proposals –

The Graduate Medical Education Consortium of Southwest Virginia has proposed a collection of essays to McFarland Press. Titled Healing Ourselves, with a tentative subtitle along the lines of Physicians Respond to the Opioid Crisis in Appalachia or Healthcare Providers tell their stories of Appalachia’s Opioid Epidemic.

We are looking for a wide range of approaches to the topic, with the intent that these individual narratives should tell together the larger story of what is happening in the region. If you are actively involved in treating pain and/or addiction in Appalachia, we would like to hear from you. We are particularly interested in stories that focus on reflective awareness or solution-driven activity. If you’ve been part of a working solution, tell us about it.

We understand that many substances continue to play a role in Appalachia’s addiction story; your proposed story should not focus on other substances to the exclusion of opioids.

Please send a one-page write-up of your approach to telling a piece of the big story on opioids/substance abuse in Appalachia. Do not put your name on this page but please include why you are well-positioned to write this unique piece.

On a separate page, please give us your name, profession and titles, geographic location, work location (are you based out of a hospital, private or free clinic, college or university, etc.) and why you are interested in writing for this collection. Please include e-mail and phone contact details.

McFarland is primarily an academic publisher; we are looking for writers who can address their topic with narrative skill and present data or complicated terms in language appealing to readers overloaded with faceless statistics. Tell us a story. Tell us YOUR story.

We look forward to reading your proposals on Monday, Sept. 9. Email them to director@swvagmec.com



Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database

After a lengthy legal battle, the Washington Post has finally been granted access to the DEA Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS). This database has tracked the movement of every single oxycodone and hydrocodone pill in the nation, from manufacturer to pharmacy. Our very own Norton City, distributed 8,263,510 prescription pills from 2006-2012. Sufficient to supply each resident with 305 pills per year.

Check out the DATABASE for a more detailed look at your county/state.

Kaiser Health News: Never Say ‘Die’: Why So Many Doctors Won’t Break Bad News

A 2016 Study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, found that “only 5% of cancer patients accurately understood their prognoses well enough to make informed decisions about their care.” Take a look at how an internist received the delivery of his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, and why his reflections have led him to advocate for an improvement in communication skills. How the focus can be shifted from trying to “cure a disease to healing a person physically, emotionally and spiritually.”

To read the full article, click HERE.

The Health Care Blog: The Patient Explanatory Model

“The vast majority of patients are not from the culture of biomedicine… Routine clinical encounters are often the times when they are being asked to make major lifestyle changes.” Namratha Kandula, MD delves into Arthur Kleinman’s ‘Patient Explanatory Model’ in this older, but relevant article for all healthcare professionals. Kleinman’s ‘Eight Questions’ will get the insight for how patient’s see themselves, their bodies, and their health.

To read the full article, click HERE.

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