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Oct. 20, 2010
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Medical schools accepting a greater diversity of students
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More and more minority students are entering the nation's medical schools, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently reported. The increase was most pronounced among Hispanics, who saw first-year enrollment jump to 1,539 in 2010 — 9 percent above 2009 levels, AAMC found. For black students, the increase was 2.9 percent (to 1,350), while Asians saw enrollment rise 2.4 percent, to 4,214. More

Residents, GME programs key to boosting patient safety, say academic leaders
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There is no single "magic bullet" to prevent medical errors in U.S. hospitals and other clinical settings, according to the authors of a recent article in the journal Health Affairs. There are, however, a handful of factors that can help the nation's medical schools, teaching hospitals and health systems make the transformation from the "old culture of autonomy and independence to the new world of shared accountability, interdependence and teamwork" in which a culture of patient safety can be built. 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

Patient satisfaction not best measure of performance
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How fast patients are seen may distinguish more about a practice or doctor's performance than questions about overall patient satisfaction, researchers found. Subjective questions about patient satisfaction, such as how high one would rate the care and concern a doctor showed for a patient, revealed fewer differences in practice performance than those about a patient's actual experience, such as how much time passes from making the appointment to when he or she is seen, Chris Salisbury, MD, of the University of Bristol, and colleagues reported online in BMJ. More

Halloween in Providence, RI—Don't miss the AMSA Conference
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The program is set, the speakers are coming and registrations are being processed daily—the AMSA Conference in Providence, R.I., is one you don't want to miss. Get the edge by gaining access to events such as residency and pre-health fairs, grassroots, conflict of interest, integrated medicine and advocacy themed workshops. Make valuable connections with peers and build your network now. To register today, click here.

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.

3 Harvard researchers retract a claim on the aging of stem cells
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Harvard researchers have retracted a far-reaching claim they made in January that the aging of stem cells might be reversible. The retraction was published in a recent issue of Nature and is signed by the senior author, Amy J. Wagers, and two others. They say that serious concerns, which they did not specify, have undermined their confidence in the original report. More

ONC eliminates certain public health provisions in EHR rule
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT published in the Federal Register an interim final rule that rescinds two specifications previously adopted for certification and standards criteria for electronic health record technology, Health Data Management reports. More

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Medical education for transformative times
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In 1910, educator Abraham Flexner presented an evaluation of American and Canadian medical schools that is widely credited for laying the groundwork for modern medical education. One hundred years later, the question is being asked: Has medical education evolved enough under the Flexner model to prepare the future generations of physicians? More

Reaching the wireless patient
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As any executive knows, smartphones are becoming an increasingly important part of life. They are often the first thing you check in the morning and the last thing you look at before you go to bed. And this usage extends beyond the executive realm to the lives of everyday consumers. In response to this upward trend, forward-looking hospitals are beginning to focus their marketing efforts on mobile technology such as mobile-specific sites, geotargeted mobile ads, and custom smartphone applications. More

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IOM releases report on the future of nursing
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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a report titled "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." The report is a result of a two-year initiative launched by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the IOM to investigate the need to assess and transform the nursing profession. The report centers around four key recommendations. More

Patient rooms get smart
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Ensuring compliance with some of the simplest and most effective patient safety measures relies a great deal on human nature and memory. Electronic medical records that gather, store data and ease work flow will help. But new technologies and software programs are bringing the EMR to the bedside, giving human nature and memory a little boost. More

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.

Colorado's Newest Medical School
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM), located in Parker, CO just outside of Denver, is enrolling its fourth class of medical students. The College seeks students who are academically strong and have a strong commitment to service. Special tracks in Military, Global and Rural/Wilderness Medicine are offered. more

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Residency Programs Open House Webcast

Kaiser Permanente Northern California invites you attend our Annual Residency Programs Open House.  Submit questions for the "Ask a Resident" session and hear from our leaders in Global Health, Division of Research, and Resident Wellness. Register now to learn more about how Kaiser Permanente can support you and your future. MORE
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The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Osteopathic medical colleges’ special qualities may explain why 20% of new U.S. medical students study there. Visit AACOM’s website for information about the Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (includes college descriptions, admissions criteria, minimum entrance requirements, etc.); upcoming multi-college recruitment events; and applying to osteopathic medical school. More info.
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