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How to make the most of your premed adviser
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Many students enter college knowing that they want to pursue a career in medicine. For those students, an important part of the preparation process is the advice and guidance provided by their premed adviser. To help students understand what type of help and advice to expect and how to make the most of this relationship, below is a timeline with suggestions to consider beginning freshman year. More

AMA delegates detail steps to confront national drug shortage emergency
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The AMA House of Delegates said the rising number of critical drug shortages constitutes a "national public health emergency" that requires a swift and sophisticated response to address the complex roots of the crisis. The tally of drugs classified as being in shortage by the Food and Drug Administration tripled from 61 in 2005 to 178 in 2010. Nearly three-quarters of the shortages involved sterile injectables, and 80 percent of the shortage drugs are generics. More

BenchPrep: Study for tests with app
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Anyone who has studied for a standardized test — such as the SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT and MCAT — knows all too well it can be very stressful, but a new app aims to help students be more prepared, even when on the go. BenchPrep is billed as the first cross-platform app for test preparation, as the content can be accessed on the iPad, iPhone, Android or Web. More

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2012 ACMQ Quality Scholar Program
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Are you passionate about medical quality and want to share your work and opinions and network with other motivated leaders? Consider applying to the 2012 ACMQ Quality Scholar Program for medical students and resident physicians. As a quality scholar, you will receive professional mentorship from physician leaders in medical quality, the opportunity to share your work at a national level and generous funding to attend the medical quality 2012 conference Feb. 22-25 in Orlando, Fla. In addition, you will become an ACMQ student and resident group member and shape the future of health care quality.
  • 10 applicants will be named as ACMQ National Quality Scholars ($1,300 award)
  • Five applicants will receive the ACMQ National Quality Honorable Mention ($500 award)
The deadline for submission of the application is Dec. 7.

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Young doctors tend to learn better from failure than older
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A new study discovers more experienced physicians are less apt to learn from failures than younger doctors. Researchers found that doctors who pay attention to failures as well as successes become more adept at selecting the correct treatment. Investigators used functional magnetic resonance imaging to look at the brain activity of 35 experienced physicians in a range of nonsurgical specialties as they made decisions. The doctors were instructed to select between two treatments for a series of simulated patients in an emergency room setting. More

What medical school probation means for students
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When a student at the University of Texas's Health Science Center, San Antonio, recently learned that his school had been placed on probation, he contacted Elizabeth Wiley, a student at George Washington University's School of Medicine and Health Sciences to understand what medical school probation means. Wiley still remembers receiving an email in October 2008 informing first- and second-year students at GW to report to a mandatory meeting the following day. "I think we all were kind of like, 'What's going on?' but didn't necessarily have a sense of how outside the realm of normal this was," says Wiley, then in her second month at GW. More

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The Doctors Company Foundation Young Physicians Patient Safety Award
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The Doctors Company Foundation in partnership with the Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation presents The Doctors Company Foundation Young Physicians Patient Safety Award — an award to recognize young physicians for their deep personal insight into the significance of patient safety work. Individuals are invited to submit essays that will be judged by NPSF. Six winners of this prestigious award will be selected and will receive $5,000 plus registration and travel expenses to the NPSF Annual Congress. For more information, click here.

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Patient-rating websites top Google searches for best doctors
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Despite the proliferation of health care quality and cost information online, for-profit websites that rely on anecdotal patient reports are the easiest ones to find using the Google search engine. Of the top 30 results that appear when searching for physician-centric terms such as "quality clinic" or "best doctors Minnesota," 67 percent include information based on patient experience. Only 22 percent of the results feature data drawn from evidence-based measures of physician performance. More

Medical database linked to better hospital care
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Hospitals that subscribe to widely used clinical knowledge support system UpToDate show modestly improved length of stay, mortality rates and quality of care. A recent study suggests that hospitals that use the service do better on all these measures than those that don't provide UpToDate to their physicians. UpToDate is one of several online services that provide frequently updated monographs incorporating the latest, most relevant medical knowledge. Clinicians can access them directly through Web browsers or launch them from EHRs using desktops, laptops or mobile devices. More

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Protecting children's access to care
National Association of Children's Hospitals via Disabled World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Caring for children is a big job. That job just got a tiny bit bigger with a new call to action being issued by children's hospitals across the nation. Families, advocates and the pediatric community are all being urged to "Speak Now for Kids" in the face of threats to Medicaid and the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program that support children's health care needs by engaging in a letter writing campaign and specific social media activities. More

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New way to defeat drug-resistant superbugs: Renew their susceptibility to antibiotics
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How do you defeat an opponent who has acquired an effective new defense mechanism? Either develop a more powerful weapon, or find a way to undermine his clever new defense device. In the war against superbugs, this is the equivalent of either developing new drugs, or make them susceptible again to existing drugs. Now, scientists have discovered a way to do this for drug-resistant bacteria that have acquired an ingenious defense mechanism: efflux pumps. More

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EHR adoption to reach 80 percent by 2016
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By 2016, more than 80 percent of health care providers will put an EHR in place, according to an IDC Health Insights report; right now the figure stands at less than 25 percent. That said, EHR vendors face a very competitive marketplace, and will have to do a better job of designing products that are more user-friendly, have broader functionality and features, and are compatible with mobile devices. More

Medicare Administrator Donald Berwick resigns
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President Barack Obama's top Medicare official has resigned in the face of Republican pledges to block his confirmation in the Senate. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald M. Berwick notified colleagues Nov. 23 that he will step down Dec. 2, nearly a month before the expiration of his recess appointment. More

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Student debt burden can be eased with family loans
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As part of last summer's deficit-cutting deal, the federal government won't be making subsidized loans for graduate education after July 1. Graduate students can still borrow $20,500 a year from Uncle Sam at a 6.8 percent rate and additional amounts at 7.9 percent. But the interest meter will be ticking at those high rates the whole time they're in school. Here's another option: Ask grandma and grandpa to help — not with a handout but with a loan. More

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