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Oct. 13, 2010
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Judge rules health law is constitutional
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A federal judge in Michigan recently dismissed one of more than 15 legal challenges to the new health care law, becoming the first to rule that the law is constitutional. Two other cases with higher profiles, one in Florida and one in Virginia, are headed toward hearings on the issues that were decided in Michigan. The central question, which may ultimately fall to the Supreme Court, is whether the Commerce Clause of the Constitution gives Congress the authority to require citizens to obtain a commercial product, namely health insurance. More

New Hopkins residency program focuses on urban health care
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A new residency program at Johns Hopkins Medicine is grooming future leaders in urban health care. The main thrust of the program is to develop primary-care physicians who have significant experience treating the underserved in urban settings, according to the Baltimore Sun, who then will become leaders in urban health. The training will set residents up to coordinate health centers, to create more urban health programs, to work on Capitol Hill or to work as health commissioners, according to Dr. Rosalyn Stewart, who helped design the six-year residency program. More

Announcing the third annual Patient Safety and Leadership Institute
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The third annual Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Institute (PSQLI) is a three‐day long intensive leadership training program for physicians‐in‐training from across the nation. The primary goal of the PSQLI is to provide education, training and skill enhancement in the areas of patient safety and quality allowing participants to increase their knowledge and to develop projects in patient safety and quality improvement for implementation in their respective schools following participation in the institute. The programming will provide historic significance as well as current and future trends in the field of safety and quality in the United States and from across the globe. More

Public health, liability and other bills win approval in House
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Several bipartisan public health and physician-related bills cleared the House before members adjourned on Sept. 30 to campaign for re-election in their districts. Among other things, the bills would extend liability protections to certain volunteer physicians, improve concussion prevention in school-age children and boost arthritis research. More

Hospital job growth continues despite record pace of layoffs
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Despite a projected record level hospital layoffs by the end of 2010, the sector reported 2,900 payroll additions in September, and 28,200 payroll additions so far this year, a rate of job creation that is more than double that for the same period in 2009, preliminary data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. Hospitals have reported 28,200 payroll additions in the first nine months of 2010, compared with 12,100 payroll additions in the first nine months of 2009. More

Laser Aesthetics Course, November 6-7, 2010 at the Beckman Laser Institute in Irvine, California

A course designed for individuals interested in clinical aesthetic applications of lasers and light energy. Science, technology, tissue interaction, and aesthetic procedures will be addressed.

Student-made device helped wounded in Haiti
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When surgeons from Harvard Medical School went to Haiti soon after last January's earthquake, they took along some experimental $3 devices they hoped would help victims' wounds heal faster. The devices had never been tested in patients before, but they didn't need electricity, and they could be operated by the average person — exactly what was needed in the post-earthquake devastation. More

Health reform to cover most young adults by 2014
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More than 12 million of the nation's 15 million uninsured young adults ages 19 to 29 may be able to get health insurance in 2014 as a result of the health care reform law, according to a report released by the Commonwealth Fund. The number of uninsured young adults rose from 13.7 million in 2008 to 14.8 million in 2009. In addition, 5 million insured 20-somethings have very high out-of-pocket costs, leaving them effectively underinsured, the authors noted. More

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Showcase your research — Submit your poster session abstract
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Have you completed a project in the last year and want to highlight your work on the national stage? If so, submit your project for consideration to AMSA Foundation's 16th Annual Poster Session held during the 2011 AMSA National Convention. The poster session will take place March 11 at the Crystal City Hyatt in Washington, D.C. This is an opportunity for you, as a physician-in-training, to develop your skills as a professional presenter while showcasing innovative projects that you have completed at your home institutions.

Health care reform and aging boomers expected to exacerbate existing doctor shortage
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As the nation struggles with a serious doctor shortage, a study recently released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) found that health care reform legislation will likely worsen the situation. Prior to health care reform becoming law, projections showed a shortage of nearly 37,000 doctors. However, with 32 million newly covered Americans having access to the health care system by 2014, coupled with millions of baby boomers soon eligible for Medicare, the shortage of doctors will increase 50 percent - to nearly 63,000 - by 2015. More

Insurers drop child-only coverage on eve of health reform mandates
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As pre-existing condition rules kick in for children, health plans stop selling such policies in most markets, casting doubt on their reform pledges. New requirements under health system reform took effect Sept. 23, including some the administration said would protect patients from many of the worst insurance industry abuses. More

Study backs simpler CPR for patients
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People who suffered cardiac arrest and received chest compressions from bystanders had higher survival rates than those given standard resuscitation that included mouth-to-mouth breathing, a new study found. Growing evidence has suggested that skipping the mouth-to-mouth breathing in favor of rapid, chest-only compressions is as effective and easier for non-medical personnel to administer. The latest research, published in the Journal of American Medical Association, showed that chest-only compressions can be more effective than traditional CPR. More

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5 EHR myths, busted
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The best physician can make a mistake when writing a prescription, the best nurse can fail to remove a catheter on time, the most organized medical records staff can misplace a file, and even top hospitals have areas of waste and inefficiency. But electronic health records systems are supposed to make all that go away, right? More

Global Health Leadership Institute coming soon
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The Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) brings together a select group of students interested in global health (including but not limited to medical, premedical, public health, business/economics, law and policy students) for a weekend of expert-led discussions and workshops to learn how to address some of the most pressing global health issues and challenges facing our generation. Through the lens of global health governance, we will explore the interface between multiple policy sectors—trade, development, environment and security—and how they interact to influence multilevel coordination and decision-making. The institute will culminate in an interactive simulation of a real-world response to a global health crisis. Apply now to ensure you don't miss anything.

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