Today, many physicians are still basking in the post Thanksgiving holiday bliss, enjoying their families and some rest. Plenty are still working, though, staffing the hospitals and clinics, holding the pager so patients with emergencies can still get help.
I am off today and I am so very grateful for those who are working, who make time off for me possible.
So in the spirit of absenteeism I thought I would share a juicy little tidbit…
Did you know that you are less likely to die if you are admitted to a hospital for a heart attack or congestive heart failure when the big national cardiology conferences are being held, when most of the top/senior cardiologists are away?
I had touched on this before, but here is the actual article from JAMA:
Patients are less likely to have a heart catheterization during that time. So maybe less intervention? Then there is the possibility that younger doctors are more skillful than their seniors (I like this possibility less the older I get).
It is sobering to consider that there may be other conditions that this holds true for, that as physicians, sometimes we do more with less.