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Sept. 7, 2011
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Consider the impact of residency work-hour changes
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Starting this academic year, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education implemented substantial changes to the work-hour guidelines that have largely governed residency programs. The last major change was in 2003, when the ACGME introduced an 80-hour limit to the work week. Given that residents play a large role in medical student teaching, how might this affect your education? More

Too few health professionals getting flu shots
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In many ways, experts consider the 2011-2012 influenza season off to a good start. Manufacturers, who are expected to produce a record number of seasonal flu vaccine doses, have not reported delays. And this year's flu season is expected to be typical, similar to last season. But experts worry that not enough health professionals and others who have contact with patients will get the flu vaccine. More

More physicians seeking business degrees
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The number of joint M.D./MBA degree programs at universities has ballooned from just five or six in the late 1990s to 65 in present times, according to a New York Times report. The boom in physician interest in business degrees stems from a realization that "health care is a business," according to Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D., professor at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. More

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Call for abstracts
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AMSA Foundation is now accepting submissions of abstracts for the 17th annual AMSA Foundation Poster Session to be held at the AMSA Annual Convention in March. Abstracts can be submitted through Nov.1 in one of four categories: basic and translational science, patient-oriented and epidemiology, community development and service, and curriculum development and education. Cash prizes in each category will be awarded, along with a member's choice award. For more information and for the submission form, click here. Do not miss this opportunity to present at a national event and to showcase your research or project.

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Using pretend patients to train for real crises
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The New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences was created, in large part, as a response to the Sept. 11 attack. The center officially opened Sept. 6 on the third floor of Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan. Supporters say the facility will be the most advanced of its kind in the city: a high-tech site where emergency personnel can train for just about any calamity — terrorist attacks, accidents, natural disasters — that can be replicated by a team of some of the most sophisticated mannequins to be found anywhere. More

Baltimore or San Diego? Empowering Future Physicians Conference designed by AMSA
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Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine — Baltimore — Oct. 14–16
UC San Diego School of Medicine — San Diego — Oct. 21-23
Register now for early bird pricing

This October, join your fellow future physicians at the esteemed Empowering Future Physician Conference where you will make connections, be inspired and learn from the very best practitioners in the country. Each city offers issues-themed symposia, diverse program sessions, stellar plenary speakers, an exciting exhibit hall and some great social events — all hallmarks of an excellent AMSA Conference. Come join your fellow future physicians for great learning, leadership and fun. You will leave empowered. Click here for city highlights and registration fees.

NYANP 2011 Annual Conference
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The New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians 2011 Annual Conference is Oct. 9 in New York City. Only 20 spots are available for students with the discounted pricing of $50, so register now.

Would you like to know how to treat hypothyroidism if your patient has normal lab tests for thyroid function? Have you wondered — of all the possible natural therapies available for kidney disease, cancer and autoimmunity, which have the most evidence and clinical outcomes to support use with your patients? How is it possible you are able to influence some patients, but not others? Learn about Hypnotic Communication patterns.

These are some of the topics, complementing the 11 total sessions that will constitute a full day of programming. For more information about the conference, click here. To register and receive the highly discounted rate of $50, click here. The regular full-day registration prices are $190 for members and $250 for nonmembers, so take advantage of the discounted student prices today.

Social media: Friend or foe?
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Numerous physicians, hospitals and other health care players are trying to broaden their marketing and communications horizons by jumping on social media channels. Some see it as an ideal way to engage their patients and monitor public sentiment, and create a highly visible forum for their leaders to promote their services to local markets and beyond. Those are the rewards if you can keep the genie in the bottle, but many organizations have had profound struggles doing so. Put aside the fear of flagrant, almost unthinkable, disclosures by clinicians and consider concerns about productivity issues wrought by excessive staff time spent on social media sites, and the blurring of professional roles with patients-who suddenly have become "friends" online. More

New study findings reveal US high school science standards in genetics are 'inadequate'
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A new study by the American Society of Human Genetics, the country's leading genetics scientific society, found that more than 85 percent of states have genetics standards that are inadequate for preparing America's high school students for future participation in a society and health care system that are certain to be increasingly impacted by genetics-based personalized medicine. "Science education in the United States is based on testing and accountability standards that are developed by each state," said Michael Dougherty, Ph.D., director of education at ASHG and the study's lead author. More

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Student Injury and Sickness insurance exclusively for AMSA members
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Many schools require medical students to purchase adequate health insurance while pursuing a degree. The AMSA Student Injury and Sickness insurance plan provided by UnitedHealthcare StudentResources may help you meet your school's requirement.

The plan is designed with students in mind and includes services to save you time, worry and money:
  • Talk to a registered nurse, 24/7/365, about your health concerns and get advice that may save you a trip to the emergency department.
  • Save 10 to 50 percent on things that insurance doesn't cover, like gym memberships, fitness equipment, McGraw-Hill Professional titles, smoking cessation and weight loss services.
  • Manage your AMSA student insurance totally online, 24/7, at your convenience.
  • If you enroll at least three months before graduation, you may extend coverage for a defined number of months while you search for a job that provides employer benefits. Check out the plan and enroll online in minutes.

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7 surprising ways to minimize student debt via    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two out of three students attending four-year colleges rely on student loans, according to While students normally may not think about the debt burden they'll face until after they finish school, they can minimize the financial strain by taking some smart steps well before their debts come due. More

EHRs beat paper in head-to-head competition
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Electronic health records show promise to improve quality of care and patient outcomes — that's why the federal government is investing billions of dollars in them. But data to quantify that potential has been inconclusive and sometimes controversial. Authors of a new study say they are among the first to offer hard evidence that in a head-to-head competition, electronic records beat paper. More

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Attend the AAPexperieNCE

The 2011 AAP Conference, October 14-18 in Boston is the ‘must-attend’ event FREE to medical students offering scientific sessions, social/mentorship events, and exhibit floor attractions including new Life Support simulators (SimNewB™ & SimJr™). Learn more.

Health IT on Congressional chopping block?
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The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has released a fact sheet that outlines how the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction mandate to cut federal spending may impact health IT. The fact sheet was created in response to a number of phone calls to the organization from members and others who wanted to know if funds, such as those under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, would be cut by the Super Committee. "The point of the paper is that everything, except for a few things, is on the table right now," Dave Roberts, HIMSS vice president of government relations, said. More

10 least expensive private medical schools
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Strategizing an effective way to finance a medical school education can sometimes be more difficult than picking the best program for you. While deals and discounts for medical schools may be more prevalent when looking at public programs in your home state, there are private schools that offer tuition and required fees packages that can compete with some in-state public options. Among the 63 private medical programs surveyed annually by U.S. News, 52 reported annual tuition and fees data for the 2010-2011 academic year. More

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