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Nov. 17, 2010
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Embryonic stem cell culturing grows from art to science
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Growing human embryonic stem cells in the lab is no small feat. Culturing the finicky, shape-shifting cells is labor intensive and, in some ways, more art than exact science. Now, however, a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison reports the development of a fully defined culture system that promises a more uniform and, for cells destined for therapy, safer product. More

America's Top Doctors For Cancer Recognizes 21 Indiana University School Of Medicine physicians
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Twenty-one physicians with the Indiana University School of Medicine have been recognized as the best in their field. The 21 are among 27 physicians statewide included in the most recent edition of America's Top Doctors for Cancer. The guide identifies the nation's most outstanding physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in adults and children. More

Medical students enthusiastic about mobile electronic health records
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Epocrates, an early leader in online and mobile information for health care providers, surveyed more than 700 medical students who use the company's software. The survey found that this year's students were twice as likely to turn to mobile references compared to respondents in 2009. Nearly 80 percent of students reported using Epocrates on a daily basis, with the majority using it multiple times throughout the day to confirm proper drug doses and check for adverse reactions or drug-drug interactions. More

GOP state gains expected to have broad impact on physicians
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Republicans on Nov. 2 gained control of nearly 700 additional state legislative seats — the biggest gain by either major party in one election since 1958 — moving medical liability reform, abortion and conservative issues higher on some state legislative agendas. The GOP gains clearly could affect physicians and the health system. Medical liability reform legislation probably will receive a boost from the GOP victories, said Mark A. Peterson, a professor of public policy and political science at the University of California Los Angeles. More

Shorter hours for residents may come with financial consequences
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Reduced residency duty-hour rules could increase hospitals' financial burdens and hinder education efforts, according to a report published in Minnesota Medicine. Authors Dr. Allison Duran-Nelson, Dr. Joan Van Camp and Dr. Louis Ling of the University of Minnesota suggest that new rules proposed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to limit first year residents' work-day hours to 16 could have the unintended consequence of causing "more stress for those physicians who want to be there for their patients." Longer shifts are currently the norm. More

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Heart device cuts death rate
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A complex and expensive pacemaker-defibrillator can significantly improve the chance for survival among the tens of thousands of heart-failure patients with only mild symptoms, according to a major, multiyear clinical study. The research, regarded as likely to change medical practice, showed that the device to "resynchronize" the hearts of such patients lowered the death rate by 29 percent in such patients over 40 months, compared to those who had a standard defibrillator implanted. More

Announcing the third Annual Patient Safety & 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. The PSQLI allows 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

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Art of medicine: Paintings sharpen medical students' skills
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For first-year students at Yale Medical School, training includes a visit to the Yale Center for British Art, where these future doctors hone their observational skills by examining centuries-old paintings in thick, gold frames. "We try to treat the painting as you would a patient, an unknown patient," Kalman Watsky, a clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine, who conducts these observational training sessions, told a group of visiting science writers. "The goal is to observe closely what you see without making a judgment." More

Ethicists fear patients don't know students may be behind surgical masks
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Medical students nationwide play a far greater role in patient care than is commonly known. That role extends to performing surgery under a doctor's close supervision and independently evaluating postoperative patients at some teaching hospitals, The Dallas Morning News found. Some medical school professors say such activity is essential to training future doctors. But some medical ethicists worry that patients are often left in the dark. More

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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 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.

Stanford School of Medicine dean receives NIH grant to address lack of women in medical academia
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A dean at the Stanford School of Medicine has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research why few women attain professorships in medicine. Hannah Valantine, professor and senior associate dean for diversity and leadership in the School of Medicine, was awarded the NIH grant to conduct a study exploring the causes and possible solutions for the low numbers of women becoming full professors. More

Doctors' house calls making a comeback
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Dr. Ina Li walked down the seventh-floor hallway of a local apartment building recently, pausing at each door to check the number. She finally found the one of her patient, Katherine Talmo. It's easier for Talmo if Li, a geriatrician, comes to her. The 90-year-old doesn't get out nearly as much since she stopped driving nine years ago. But she is determined to stay in her home. More

Survey: Most individuals want control of personal health data
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A new poll found that 97 percent of respondents say physicians, hospitals, labs and health information technology systems should not sell or share personal health data unless they obtain patient consent, Healthcare IT News reports. The poll — conducted by Zogby International for Patient Privacy Rights, a watchdog group — surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. adults to gauge consumers' views on health care IT, privacy and health information access. More

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Big change in Ohio State University medical school curriculum
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Ohio State University is changing things up for its medical students to give them more hands-on experience with patients earlier in the training. Currently, students spend the first two years in the classroom and the last two years in hospitals or doctors' offices. That changes beginning in 2012, when first and second year students will also work with patients. 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
UCF Medical Student's Gift Starts Shoe Drive for Homeless Vets

Reid Green, a first-year medical student at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, donated his shoes to a homeless veteran and in the process ignited a program that has collected hundreds of pairs of shoes for needy servicemen.
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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.
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