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Dec. 1, 2010
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Little progress made in ensuring patient safety
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A decade after the Institute of Medicine's report cataloging iatrogenic injury, harm resulting from medical care is still common with few signs of improvement, at least at 10 North Carolina hospitals, researchers found. Over a six-year period, internal reviewers identified 588 instances of patient injury among 2,341 admissions, for a rate of 25.1 per 100 admissions, according to Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues. More

Join us for AMSA's Annual Convention and Exposition
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AMSA's Annual Convention and Exposition, March 10-13, is truly the place where medical and premedical students come together to learn, network and gain valuable experience enhancing their medical education. Being held in Washington, D.C., this year, there will be several not to miss events. For more information go to Register by Jan. 7, and you will receive early bird rates.

Health reform law sees both sides bolstering arguments
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Republican leaders in Congress and elsewhere are formalizing their opposition to the national health reform law by offering friend-of-the-court briefs supporting a 20-state lawsuit to block the law's implementation. Meanwhile, six hospital associations, the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 75 state legislators and others have filed or requested permission to file amicus briefs defending the health reform law. More

Perspective: Residency 101 for physician-scientists
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For a young physician-scientist seeking a career in academic medicine, choosing a residency can be stressful and difficult. But the decision can be eased by breaking it down into three questions: Which clinical field(s) should I choose? Should I consider a "research" or short-track residency program? And finally, what specific programs should I consider? Answering each of these questions in turn will help you assemble a residency short list that, hopefully, contains your perfect-fit residency. More

$5,000 Student Research Grant Opportunity

Annually, ASLMS awards research designed to foster the development and use of lasers and other related technologies in medical/surgical applications. Deadline January 10, 2011.

The key ingredient to effective cancer treatments
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About 50 percent of cancer patients have tumors that are resistant to radiation because of low levels of oxygen—a state known as hypoxia. A startup in San Francisco is developing proteins that could carry oxygen to tumors more effectively, increasing the odds that radiation therapy will help these patients. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently gave that startup, Omniox, $3 million in funding. Omniox is collaborating with researchers at the NCI to test whether its oxygen-carrying compounds improve radiation therapy in animals with cancer. More

Announcing the 3rd Annual Patient Safety & Leadership Institute
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The 3rd 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

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Ways to settle defaulted federal student loans
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If you have recently defaulted on your federal student loans, there are some options available to you. Defaulting on any loan can make you feel insecure about your finances, but in this economy it can be hard to make your payments on time. There are so many people that are in this same boat right now. You should still be trying to find a way to make these payments. More

Inefficiency hurts US in ranking of health
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By any measure, the United States spends more on health care than any other nation. Yet according to the World Fact Book, it ranks 49th in life expectancy. Why? Researchers writing in the November issue of the journal Health Services say they know the answer. After citing statistical evidence showing that American patterns of obesity, smoking, traffic accidents and homicide are not the cause of lower life expectancy, they conclude that the problem is the health care system. More

Pre-Med Students: Follow AACOM on Facebook

20 percent of new U.S. medical students are studying at osteopathic medical colleges. Follow AACOM on Facebook to learn about osteopathic medical education and becoming an osteopathic physician. MORE

Aging ills reversed in mice
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Scientists have partially reversed age-related degeneration in mice, an achievement that suggests a new approach for tackling similar disorders in people. By tweaking a gene, the researchers reversed brain disease and restored the sense of smell and fertility in prematurely aged mice. Previous experiments with calorie restriction and other methods have shown that aspects of aging can be slowed. This appears to be the first time that some age-related problems in animals have actually been reversed. More

Diagnosis uncertainty increases anxiety in patients
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Have you ever felt uneasy sitting in a doctor's waiting room or climbed the walls waiting for your test results? That feeling of anxious uncertainty can be more stressful than knowing you have a serious illness, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). More

Win exciting prizes: Member Get-A-Member Drive
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AMSA is where you find your voice, achieve your goals and become the physician you aspire to be. And no one knows the unique experiences and challenges of medical students better than you. So we are introducing a fun new way for you to introduce your friends to the benefits of AMSA membership, while having the opportunity to win some exciting prizes as our way of saying thank you for helping us to bring new life and new energy to our community. The AMSA Member-Get-A Member Drive will run through Dec. 15. For more information

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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
Psychiatry of Hand Transplants

Dr. Martin Klapheke, Professor of Psychiatry at the UCF College of Medicine, recently presented grand rounds at the Mayo Clinic on the unique psychiatric implications for patients who receive hand and other “composite tissue” transplants. Klapheke was the attending psychiatrist for the first hand transplantation recipients in the United States.
Must Have App for Medical Students
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RVUCOM Offers Global Medicine Track

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM), located in Parker, CO, just outside of Denver, offers special tracks, including Global Medicine, designed to help students understand the complexities of providing quality health care to diverse populations throughout the world. This track includes international clinical rotations on three different continents.
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