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May 25, 2011
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Avoid 5 errors when reapplying to medical school
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Make no mistake — getting into medical school is not easy. Hard work, dedication and perseverance are important, but everyone needs a little luck, too. So take heart — if you didn't get accepted this year, you are in the majority. Furthermore, you are in good company; more than 25 percent of this year's applicants were not first time applicants. The following are the top five errors to avoid when considering reapplying to medical school. More

AMSA now accepting abstract submissions for its 2012 Annual Convention
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Is there a speaker you always have wanted to hear or a phenomenal presenter you have seen in the past? If so, we want to hear from you. Go online and submit your abstract today. Convention programming tracks include Advocacy, Career & Professional Development, International Health, Public Health and Premedical Focus. Visit and complete your online submission by June 12. For questions, please email

Health IT No. 1 on list of top 10 'hot' careers
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Health care information technology tops the list of top 10 "hot careers" for college graduates in 2011, according to a new study from the University of San Diego Extension. Due to government initiatives in recent years, the study states, the health care industry adopted an advanced technology system for managing and utilizing health information. Medical establishments have the goal of transferring all health care information to an advanced technology-driven database within the next decade. More

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Republicans suggest deal possible on health care
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Top congressional Republicans said on Sunday they would be open to a compromise on health care costs, one of the biggest stumbling blocks in a deal to get the United States' debt under control. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, said he would "absolutely" be willing to negotiate with Democrats, who have hammered his plan to scale back government-run health plans for the poor and the elderly. More

New strategy in HIV battle: Baylor students' work boosts odds patients get follow-up care
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A project by two medical students made it twice as likely that patients diagnosed with HIV at Houston's largest public hospital would show up for treatment, suggesting new solutions for a problem that has been around since the virus emerged as a mysterious killer 30 years ago. Revathi Jyothindran and Joshua Liao, third-year students at Baylor College of Medicine, tackled the issue through an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, a national program to encourage graduate students to pursue health-related service projects. More

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Doctors driving IT development with mobile technology
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When physicians at Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center started adopting smartphones a few years ago, they almost immediately looked for ways to use them in their clinical lives. Doctors liked being able to access their patients' records and clinical tools anytime, from any place, so they pressured the hospital to give them access. More

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Graduation advice: Take charge of your student loans
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This year's college graduates will get a lot of advice over the next few weeks from a parade of commencement speakers. Find your passion. Believe in yourself. Take risks. But here's something graduates probably won't hear from the dignitary at the podium: Pay your student loans. More

ONC announces exams for HIT pros
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released its first set of exams designed to help health care providers and other employers assess the health IT competencies of their existing staff and potential employees. In addition to assessing health IT competencies, ONC expects that the exams will help employers identify the need for additional staff training and more accurately evaluate their HI technology staffing needs. More

Transitions of a first-year medical student
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The moment you get accepted to medical school, you never really think about how everything is going to be different. You figure everything’s going to stay the way they are, with the exception of the inevitable long and laborious hours of studying day and night. As a medical student, you have to adapt to survive. No one likes change, but you have to compartmentalize and prioritize accordingly more so now than ever, in order to focus on what's important and preserve your sanity. More

Recent grads face challenging job market
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Joelle Hall started looking for a job three months before her graduation from the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing at Georgia State University. By May 2010, she had a degree, but still wasn’t employed. "The school had advised us to start networking before we graduated or to get a job as a patient-care tech in the hospital where we wanted to work," she said. "I wished I had done that. I realize now it's a great way to learn more about your field, as well as to get to know nurses on the floor." More

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Funding to advance academic geriatric training, research, address nation's shortfall of geriatricians
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The American Federation for Aging Research has announced $2.5 million in career development awards to 83 advanced fellows and junior faculty at 27 Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training across the country. As our nation ages, we need these leaders to teach current and future generations of medical students about the unique care needs of older patients and to do the research we need to develop new advances in their care. More

Compassionate eye for aspiring physicians
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As admissions adviser for the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, James Rosso has been gatekeeper to tens of thousands of aspiring physicians over the past 27 years, exuding what he terms the applicant-friendly nature of the school's admission policy. "We look at everything in the application — not just grades and MCAT scores, but the schools attended, the personal essay of why they want to become a doctor, clinical experience, research experience, leadership positions, performance improvement over the years and required recommendations," he observes. More

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