Rural Rx

Edwin Leap, MD, examines medicine outside the cities and suburbs

Rural Rx
Removing the COVID Blindfold

A few lessons learned as we move beyond the public health emergency

May 10, 2023
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Who Was That Dead Guy?

What a strange world medicine is

March 1, 2023
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A Month Off? What Was I Thinking?

Exhaustion, anger, and burnout in medicine aren't surprising

January 23, 2023
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A PSA From an Exhausted Emergency Physician

Avoid sending us your patients until the dust settles

November 15, 2022
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The Healthcare System Didn't Plan Poorly for Disaster

It didn't plan at all

October 29, 2022
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Reporting From the Healthcare Disaster

A few observations from a run of ER shifts

September 30, 2022
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To Transfer or Not to Transfer the Patient?

Transfers should be a last resort after accounting for complex considerations

August 1, 2022
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No One Is Coming to Help

Rural hospitals have been fighting a losing battle during the COVID pandemic

February 20, 2022
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Vaccine Hesitancy Is Complex

Try to understand, rather than dismiss, the concerns of the unvaccinated

July 28, 2021
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Why Do People Keep Going to Church?

Even during a pandemic, it's important to realize why worship is essential

January 11, 2021
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Cameras In the Hospital? No Thanks

Privacy and trust are more important than surveillance

November 8, 2020
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Time to Revisit Medical Education ... and Not Just for Physicians

Do docs spend too much time in school, or do NPs and PAs not spend enough?

June 8, 2020
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Taking Food and Drink Away From Doctors and Nurses Is Just Cruel

Don't deny them a simple but important pleasure, says Edwin Leap, MD

December 12, 2019
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It's Not 'Fat Shaming,' It's Physics

Falls are avoidable

October 3, 2019
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