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Jan. 4, 2012
 
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Residency Match revamps placement of students not selected initially
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The National Resident Matching Program is revising its annual residency match to improve how vacant residency slots are filled after the main match. Starting in 2012, the NRMP will implement its Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program, or SOAP. The program is designed to provide more equality for students who aren't selected for a residency in the main match by creating a formal process for applying for unfilled positions. More



Applications now accepted for 2012-2013 Health Equity Fellowship
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AMSA is now accepting applications for its 2012-2013 Health Equity Fellowship. The Fellow will develop and disseminate projects, initiatives and programming that increase an understanding of the social determinants of health and promote health equity. AMSA Fellows work out of the AMSA National Office in Sterling, Va. The fellowship is paid, full time and includes full employment benefits. This will be the most memorable experience of your medical training.

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5 ways for premed students to maximize physician shadowing
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Shadowing a physician in practice is typically considered an important part of the premed experience. Though the experience is not explicitly required by most medical schools (a select few, particularly D.O. schools, or those that offer doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees, do require this experience), it is strongly advised to have some experience shadowing a practicing physician before applying to medical school. More



Medical schools promote training that lets students follow individual patients
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Third-year medical student Sophia McKinley was there when the doctor told the woman she had colon cancer. She followed the patient to visits to the cardiologist and oncologist to make sure she was healthy enough for surgery, and was by her side during the operation. Afterward, she was part of the hospital team that cared for the woman during recovery and since has accompanied her to chemotherapy sessions. McKinley's experiences are a stark contrast to most medical students, who typically wouldn't have any more encounters with patients who leave their clinical block. More

Nowhere to go, patients linger in hospitals, at a high cost
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Hundreds of patients have been languishing for months or even years in New York City hospitals, despite being well enough to be sent home or to nursing centers for less-expensive care, because they are illegal immigrants or lack sufficient insurance or appropriate housing. As a result, hospitals are absorbing the bill for millions of dollars in unreimbursed expenses annually while the patients, trapped in bureaucratic limbo, are sometimes deprived of services that could be provided elsewhere at a small fraction of the cost. More

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For hospitals, there's no app for that
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Hospitals are usually eager to embrace the latest medical technology, but the road to deploying tablet computers has been bumpy. iPads have been available since April 2010, but less than 1 percent of hospitals have fully functional tablet systems, according to Jonathan Mack, director of clinical research and development at the West Wireless Health Institute, a San Diego-based nonprofit focused on lowering the cost of health care through new technology. More

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Should doctors share notes with patients?
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To share notes, or not to share — that is the question. What would happen if physicians' notes about patients were actually read by patients? Would it cause an onslaught of worry, anxiety and extra work for already overextended physicians? Could those notes become a catalyst for patients' cooperation in their own care? It depends upon whom you ask. More

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3 medical school admissions tips for older applicants
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Medical school admissions can seem competitive. The AAMC reported that 42,742 applicants applied in the 2009-2010 application cycle (a record), but only 18,665 applicants matriculated. While it may seem like applicants are all coming straight out of their undergraduate degree, that isn't the case. Many incoming medical students are not recent graduates; a 2006 joint survey conducted by the AAMC and the AMA showed that as much as 10 percent of incoming medical students are 27 or older. More

Study: Health care workers question some ICU care decisions
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Patients admitted to hospital intensive care units need high-tech, high-cost, lifesaving care, but the professionals who tend to them may not always agree with the decisions regarding that care. A study conducted in Europe and Israel was completed to assess how health care workers viewed the "appropriateness" of care in ICUs. Inappropriate care was defined as care that clashes with the health care professional's beliefs or professional knowledge. More

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ACOs only as good as their participants
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Accountable care organizations may not be the universal cure-all for health care reform, suggests a New England Journal of Medicine editorial article, recently published. Drawing an analogy to bicycles, the authors contend that results are only as good as the athlete. "If an ACO were a bicycle, its wheels, spokes and gears would be the criteria used by payers such as Medicare to determine providers' eligibility, the methods used to assign patients to a given ACO and the manner in which financial bonuses are calculated." More

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When nurses catch compassion fatigue, patients suffer
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Compassion fatigue is a combination of secondary traumatic stress from witnessing the suffering of others and burnout. It can lead nurses to feel sadness and despair that impair their health and well-being. Hospitals are tackling the problem amid a worsening shortage of nurses and concerns that patients may suffer. Compassion fatigue can reduce nurses' empathy and lead them to dread or even avoid certain patients, raising the risk of substandard care. More

IOM's guidelines on pain to be implemented in 2012
Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Institute of Medicine report, "Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Treatment and Research," outlines guidelines for data collection, medical education, and inclusiveness in the field of pain management and will start being implemented this year, according to the report released earlier this year. Produced in response to a request by the National Institute of Health, the report provides an assessment of the state of the science of pain medicine and offers recommendations to the federal government on advancing the pain management field. More

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Refinancing your private student loans
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