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Sarah Jorgenson, MA, MS, is currently a medical student in Chicago. Previously, she served as a communications and research associate for the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH) and as a contributing writer for its Health Behavior News Service. She graduated with an MA in Bioethics, Humanities and Society from Michigan State University (MSU), where she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Margaret Holmes-Rovner with the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences. She served on the research team for CFAH's Snapshot of People's Engagement in Their Health Care, contributed to a Cochrane Review update, and participated in research on shared decision making for patients with coronary artery disease. She also worked as a receptionist at MSU's Child Health Care Clinic for two years and collaborated as part of the research team for its Patient Centered Medical Home. You can follow her on her blog and on Twitter via @SarahJorgenson.


I Want My Doctor to Care About Costs

Sarah Jorgenson | October 1, 2013
In a lecture hall of fellow clinicians-to-be, I was told that my job as a physician is not to be concerned with costs but rather to treat patients. What an odd message. Does medicine's unique role of saving lives exempt it from keeping an eye on the register?

Fast Food Medicine: A Missed Opportunity for Shared Decision Making

Sarah Jorgenson | July 13, 2012
Though I may want fast food health care when I'm healthy, I don't want it if I'm sick or have the potential to be sick. People want to have the opportunity for a dining-in experience, not just fast food.

CT Scans

Inside Health Care | January 7, 2011
Our latest Prepared Patient, Medical Testing: You Need Answers, offers guidance on how to talk to your doctor about medical tests and what to consider before and after the test. Here are related thoughts from other blogs-Dr. John Schumann of GlassHospital, Dr. Michael Kirsch of MD Whistleblower, and Anna Sayburn on Consumer Reports Health Blog. Recent feature articles on medical tests from The Wall Street Journal & the ACPHospitalist are also included.

Inside Health Care: Exploring Accountable Care Organizations

CFAH Staff | November 30, 2010
Doctors, lawyers, researchers, and hospital CEOs all have something to say these days about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). A collection of web posts includes: Frank Pasquale with Concurring Opinions, Anna D. Sinaiko and Meredith B. Rosenthal in The New England Journal of Medicine's November Perspectives, Vince Kuratis on The Health Care Blog, Jim Sabin on KevinMD, and Paul Levy on Running a Hospital.

Inside Health Care: A Doctor, a Nurse, and an Intern Weigh-In on EMRs on KevinMD

Inside Health Care | November 24, 2010
KevinMD hosts a range of clinicians who comment on the electronic medical record. Guests include: Dr. Christopher Johnson, pediatric intensive care doc, who blogs on ChristopherJohnsonMD; Jared Sinclair R.N., an ICU nurse and pre-medical student, who blogs at jaredsinclair + com; and Angienadia M.D., a Yale intern, who blogs at Primary DX. Read what they have to say about EMRs.

Inside Health Care: Dichotomies: Quality or Familiarity? Empower or Manage?

Inside Health Care | November 8, 2010

Inside Health Care: Trusted Sources?

Inside Health Care | October 29, 2010
The increasing presence (sometime hidden) of advertisers in health care websites - including the new Sharecare - was discussed this week by healthcare journalists Gary Schwitzer and Pia Christensen, Dr. Elaine Schattner, M.D. and marketer and advertiser Dan Dunlop

Inside Health Care: Combating Mis-Communication

Inside Health Care | October 27, 2010

Sunshine Isn't So Bright After All

Sarah Jorgenson | July 9, 2010
A recent article in MedPage Today reported that most physicians have a favorable view about gifts from pharmaceutical and medical technology companies. What do we, as patients or potential patients, think about that?

Open Wide and Say Uh-oh

Sarah Jorgenson | June 22, 2010
I had been delaying this visit for awhile now in hope that whatever was growing under my tongue would heal itself. I'd already exhausted visits with a dentist and a physician assistant, but an oral surgeon just sounded so intense for what I presumed was not that big of a deal.