Abrar Khan, MD
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Khan A.; Rethinking the Use of Physicians as Hired Expert Lecturers. Ann Intern Med. 2015;162:321. doi: 10.7326/L15-5052-3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(4):321.
TO THE EDITOR:
I read Avorn's commentary (1) with great interest. As far I can remember, great ideas didn't come preprinted in journals or textbooks. They come from free minds speaking without restrictions about a subject or an issue while sipping a cup of coffee or sharing lunch or a drink. To suggest that respected, well-paid physicians would change their practicing behavior and put aside their patient care just for a meal is demeaning. It is not relevant who pays for a dinner and who sponsors it. What's more important is that it's an effort to get a few physicians to start talking about clinical care in the context of a new therapy that might help their patients. Thanks to the bureaucracy of a few, this opportunity is now lost.
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