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Fighting to get out of med school
Modern Healthcare    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For some, medical school and hospital residencies offer more than an education in caring for patients. They provide firsthand experience in the legal system. After winning the intense competition to gain admission to med school, then finding a successful match with a residency program, a handful of prospective doctors inevitably become embroiled in disputes with their schools and hospitals. Some of those clashes end up involving lawyers and even land in court. More

MCAT changes 'add stress,' 'rewarding' in long run
The Red and Black    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Updates to the Medical College Admission Test led to varying reactions in students. New concepts, which will appear on the test in 2015, were added to the MCAT earlier this year. Some students are worried about their medical school acceptance because of the alterations, and others understand the reasons for changes. The two sections added were behavioral and social sciences, and critical analysis and reasoning skills. More

The surgeons who are not doctors
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When patients go into hospital for surgery, they expect it to be carried out by a doctor. But this is no longer always the case. Some may be cared for by surgical care practitioners who carry out work such as minor surgery and closing wounds that in the past would have been the exclusive territory of doctors. More

Learning how to operate in 3-D
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Training to be a neurosurgeon is notoriously complex, not least because of the difficulty of achieving "on the job" experience — however, 3-D imaging pioneered by Addenbrooke's is set to transform the way doctors learn. More

Physician salaries to trend up slightly in 2013
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Physicians in all care settings will see a slight pay hike in 2013, with salaries expected to rise by an average of 2.6 percent, according to a recent survey conducted by global consulting firm Hay Group. The results from Hay Group's 2012 Physician Compensation Survey show that physicians working in group-based practices can expect to see the largest pay increases of 3.0 percent in 2013, while those working in hospital-based settings can expect the smallest pay increases of 2.0 percent. More

As childhood strokes increase, surgeons aim to reduce risks
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Stroke is usually a problem that comes with age, but a surprising number of children have strokes, too. Many kids have conditions that put them at higher risk. But surgeons have developed a technique that cuts the risk in some of these kids by giving part of the brain a new blood supply. More

Bugs without borders: Researchers track emergence global spread of Clostridium difficile
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Researchers show that the global epidemic of Clostridium difficile in the early to mid-2000s was caused by the spread of two different but highly related strains of the bacterium rather than one as was previously thought. The spread and persistence of both epidemics were driven by the acquisition of resistance to a frontline antibiotic. More

Doctors amputate girl's legs to use bones for her spine
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A child in England has had a life-altering and lifesaving procedure that took the bones from her lower legs and inserted them into her spine. Five-year-old Rosie Davies was described by both her parents as a time bomb. She was born with a rare disorder called spinal segmental dysgenesis. The condition meant that she was missing five bones from her spine, which added up to nearly four inches and which left her unable to move her legs. More


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