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Feb. 29, 2012
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Demystifying the MCAT
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The MCAT is arguably the most feared and least understood component of the medical school admissions process. To help demystify the test, here is some information about how the test is organized, how it's used in medical school admissions and whether or not there is a disadvantage to having multiple MCAT scores. More

Interested in integrative medicine? Apply now
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The mission of the Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine is to educate future physicians on various evidence-based integrative medicine modalities and to foster effective leadership skills to implement at their medical schools. AMSA Foundation is seeking medical students with a strong interest in IM combined with the desire for leadership roles in IM to participate in LEAPS.

Why primary care is often not a consideration for medical students
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The AAMC's Office of Workforce Studies projects by 2015 — the year after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is scheduled to add approximately 32 million patients to the ranks of the insured — we will have 63,000 fewer physicians than we need in the United States. If nothing is done to address this critical shortage, then that number is projected to reach an astounding 130,600 by 2025. Unfortunately, as of this time one year ago, these "projections" had already become reality for 22 states and 17 medical societies across the country. Already, foundational efforts are under way to begin to address the growing physician shortage. More

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Many 'mistakes' found in newbie-doctors' resumes
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Honesty and attention to detail are qualities expected of physicians, yet two studies looking at applications to training programs in obstetrics show that up to 30 out of every 100 applicants took credit for research publications that could not be found. "Our hope is that these are honest mistakes and not willful attempts to mislead," said Dr. Michael Frumovitz, a professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and lead author of one of the studies. More

Bus tour seeks to recruit prospective black doctors
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Of the nearly 1 million doctors in the United States, less than 4 percent are black, compared with 12.6 percent of the overall population, according to 2010 numbers. Dr. Kameron Matthews wants that to change. Her vision drives the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, a bus full of doctors, dentists and medical school students that traveled recently to five historically black colleges and universities. Matthews teamed with other doctors to create the tour because they wanted to ensure that minority students have the logistical information and support needed to launch a medical career. More

Students use team approach to health care in Minneapolis clinic
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Being screened for a knee injury at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic in Minneapolis doesn't mean a patient is simply treated by an orthopedic doctor. Instead, a team of student volunteers made up of physical therapists, nutritionists and pharmacists meets to discuss the problem. The volunteers are using an interprofessional approach where they combine their skills to find the best care for the patients — one of a few student-run clinics in the nation using this method. In a review published by the Cochrane Collaboration in 2009, 4 out of 6 studies found that interprofessional education improved the way professionals from different fields worked together and the quality of patient care. More

Training medical students to give patients bad news
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A recent issue of the Journal of Cancer Education reports on the experience of medical students who participated in videotaped sessions to practice conveying difficult news to "standardized patients" by role-playing patients with different types of cancers who received bad medical news. The study was conducted to evaluate the students' perceptions of the teaching methods used to convey bad news as well as to establish the effectiveness of the educational program developed for conveying such news. More

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Medical school admission tests change to reflect new care realities
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Proficiency in organic chemistry may still be a necessary condition for getting into medical school. But starting in 2015, it will no longer be sufficient. In an effort to create a cadre of future physicians with improved bedside manners, the AAMC has announced changes to the Medical MCATs that would plumb applicants' knowledge of psychology, sociology and biology, as well as their ethical and scientific reasoning skills. More

Analysis: Is a new federal patient safety effort doing enough to curb medical errors?
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The Medicare program is betting on a new course of action to curb what one medical journal has dubbed an "epidemic" of uncontrolled patient harm. The effort is pegged to the success of a little-known entity called a "hospital engagement network." More

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Medical tattoos offer important health information
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Tattoos have long served as fashion statements, but a small number of Americans are now relying on them for a more practical, potentially lifesaving purpose: to warn first responders about important medical conditions. Some medical tattoos are being used to take the place of bracelets that commonly list a person's allergies, chronic diseases or even end-of-life wishes. Medical tattoos don't appear to carry much legal weight. But the markings do offer a simple and permanent way to give rescuers important health details. More

Medical students learn to use their stethoscopes
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The stethoscope may be an icon of the medical profession to most patients. But it's more of a relic to many doctors. The device used to listen to the heart, lungs and other body parts — invented nearly 200 years ago — has been overtaken by newer, more sophisticated imaging equipment and other changes in health care. And some adherents to the old ways say a significant number of physicians who wear a stethoscope around their necks no longer know how to use it properly. Some medical schools, however, are bringing back the lost art of cardiac auscultation, or listening, as a means to sharpen their students' diagnostic skills and cut costs from excessive high-tech imaging. More

Study: Popular whole-body CT scans for ER use have dangers
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Whole-body scans have been accepted practice in many trauma centers for a decade, as a way to identify internal injuries or other difficult-to-diagnose conditions, according to a report at Medscape Medical News. However, computerized tomography scans can expose patients to levels of radiation of 20 Millisievert or more, which is twice the amount that will give a 40-year-old adult a 1 in 1,000 chance of future cancer, according to National Academy of Science data. More

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