Yesterday, I heard Dr. Glenn Treisman talk at the Department of Psychiatry's Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins on "What is a Doctor." You'd think we'd all know what a doctor is, but Dr. Treisman always has a unique and humorous slant to those obvious slices of life. His talk was about the forces pulling physicians to look out for the best interests of the patient, while also looking out for the best financial interests of the institution they work for as well as the best financial interests of society. He threw in some historical references and his talks are always entertaining as well as informative.
At the beginning of any professional presentation, the doctor must "disclose" any conflicts of interest -- in other words, if he receiving any money from pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Treisman started his talk with a series of Disclosure slides which reflected both his wit and a statement of the problem. He let me borrow them to reprint here:
- I have been informed that I am to use “Evidence-based interventions” and follow guidelines and protocols that I find less than optimal for many of my patients
Just a word on the graphic: it's from a show called Get Smart (the 1970's perhaps) about a spy named Maxwell Smart who had his phone in his shoe. It's where I learned about "double agents." I figured I needed to explain this one.