Oral Cancer: Stop Assuming and Start Screening
Interprofessional collaboration for optimal patient health and wellness has never been more important, especially with advancements related to electronic health records. With so many specialties, whole-body health is often fragmented by specific body systems and therefore, for better or worse, the roles and responsibilities of providers are intertwined.
Recently I saw my physician for a routine physical. The nurse checked my vitals, height and weight, and made sure my medication list on file was up to date. The nurse also asked if I had any specific concerns for the doctor. The physician listened to my heart and lungs, pressed on my abdomen, palpated my thyroid and asked me to say “ahh.” The visit concluded with a flu shot and an order for routine blood work. This sounds like a fairly typical exam from a family practitioner, right? [Read more…]