Congratulations, Mike!

Our Health Richmond magazine unveiled their inaugural “Best Bedside Manner” awards this month, and we are not surprised that Mike won first place in the Infectious Diseases category! Mike may or may not wish to comment on whether this recognition will be factored into his compensation plan. Most academic clinician compensation plans reward procedures and inpatient care, and punish ambulatory care providers who spend any sane amount of time with their patients. Let’s hope that whatever healthcare system we eventually settle upon will help restore some balance.

Congrats, Mike!  Every clinician should read (and live by) the quote that accompanies your award announcement.


  1. Congratulations Mike! One can only hope that with a switch from volume to value-based reimbursement will incentivize more physicians and LIPs to take the time to listen and care for patients and not turn and burn. The ethos you embody in the quote says a lot about who you are and why you do what you do.

  2. Congratulations on this great recognition.

  3. Thanks to all of you for your kind comments. To address Dan's comment, the award was not factored into my compensation. Unfortunately, volume not quality is rewarded in our compensation plan.


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