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March 30, 2011
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Patient safety not adversely affected by reduced working hours
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Reducing doctors' working hours from over 80 a week does not seem to have adversely affected patient safety and has had limited impact on postgraduate training in the United States, finds a study recently published on Further work is now needed to assess the impact of reducing hours to 48 a week in Europe, say the authors. More

Expert committee: World is not prepared for public health emergencies
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An independent expert committee designed by the World Health Organization believes that the world is not prepared for any sort of public health emergencies. The committee was set up in January to review the outbreak of H1N1 virus. The committee will submit its final report to the WHO in May. The committee has recommended that the international society must set up a global public health reserve corps. More

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Residency & Medical Education Guide
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These days nobody has time for the clutter and confusion of a general purpose search engine when looking for quality vendors, goods and services. Take a break from the information overload of a general search engine and check out our online Residency & Medical Education Guide. We've organized an online directory with all the links and information you need to pursue an education in the medical field of your choice, making the ultimate one stop shop for all things residency and medical school.

Enough residency spots for new doctors?
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Will there be enough residency programs to accommodate Michigan's medical school graduates? Adding a new medical school at Western Michigan University could affect graduates in becoming full-fledged doctors, as they complete clinical training and obtain licenses. But finding a residency program — let alone a first choice — might not be so easy in the future. U.S. medical schools are graduating about 25 percent more students. More

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The secret to fighting infections
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As medical director for Johns Hopkins University's Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, Peter Pronovost, 46, has spent most of his career as a champion of innovative but practical solutions to fix system flaws that can lead to deadly mistakes and complications in hospitals. Dr. Pronovost's current crusade is preventing deadly bloodstream infections linked to central lines or catheters used in intensive-care units. A pilot project in Michigan showed that participating hospitals reduced rates of infections and death by using a checklist of evidence-based steps to reduce the infections—and by fostering a culture of safety and teamwork. More

ALSF new childhood cancer grant program
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Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all children with cancer, recently announced the addition of a Pediatric Oncology Student Training Program for graduate and medical students to its current grant opportunities. The program will seek applications from students who are interested in pursuing a career in the pediatric oncology field and who are looking for opportunities to continue their studies throughout the summer months. Applications for the POST Program are now being accepted, with the deadline for applications slated for April 15. More

Researcher builds sensor-equipped breasts to test doctors' hands-on skills
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Women often find it somewhat mysterious to do a breast exam. It also can be mysterious to medical students, says a Chicago researcher who has a US$1.8 million federal grant to design the first physical test to measure how well future doctors examine breasts by touch and find possible cancers. Using plastic models of breasts embedded with data-capturing sensors and simulated tumors, Dr. Carla Pugh of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is zeroing in on how to measure a medical student's ability to tell the difference between a cancerous lump and a benign cyst. Medical students' hands-on skills in breast palpation aren't tested in their licensing exam. More

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Thomson Reuters names top 100 US hospitals
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Thomson Reuters has released its annual study identifying the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance in 10 key areas. The hospitals on Reuters' list show that it's possible to boost patient care and cut down on costs — a tough balance in this economy. The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study evaluates performance in mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. More

Patient safety opportunity
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Through the generous support of The Doctors Company Foundation, there will be funding to bring 20 medical student leaders to Colorado this summer to engage with international patient safety leaders and educators for the Seventh Annual Telluride Patient Safety Educational Roundtable: "Dilemmas Surrounding Medical Errors and Adverse Events: Teaching Caregivers Effective Communication Skills to Overcome the Multiple Barriers to Transparency." The roundtable takes place June 13–16. Students interested in applying for this opportunity should send the following information to Dr. David Mayer ( Two-page maximum CV; 2. Personal statement on their interest in patient safety and why attending the Patient Safety Roundtable would benefit them; 3. One support letter from faculty/mentor.

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More adults going without medical care because of costs
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More working-age Americans are going without health insurance and not seeking physician care for injuries or illness because they can't afford it, according to a new study. A report by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund found that the portion of patients delaying medical treatment is trending upward. Findings from the group's biennial health insurance survey in 2010 show that an increasing percentage of working-age adults skipped office visits, medical tests and prescriptions because of costs. More

Survey shows colleges failing to attract low-income students
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The nation's wealthiest colleges collectively have failed since 2004 to significantly boost low-income enrollment, and more than half saw declines, including the main campuses of Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh, a survey says. The Chronicle of Higher Education findings show that low-income students as defined by those receiving federal Pell Grants remained largely flat as a share of undergraduates on those campuses, at just under 15 percent. The Chronicle looked at campuses with the 50 largest endowments, a group that includes Ivy League schools, other elite private colleges and a number of flagship public universities. More

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