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Study: Robotic surgery learned best using 3 teaching methods
By developing a new way to compare techniques for teaching robotic surgery, doctors at The Methodist Hospital and the University of Southern California report in an issue of the British Journal of Urology International that surgeons training in robotic surgery learned best when three different teaching methods were used.
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CoxHealth combines operating room, 'cath lab' in new hybrid facility
The human heart and the body's blood vessels work seamlessly to keep blood flowing. But when something goes wrong, like trauma to the aorta, doctors need to examine both, and sometimes, that needs to be done quickly. A new facility at CoxHealth is making it easier for experts to do that.
Calling all artists! Enter AASPA's 1st T-shirt design contest
Try your hand at creating the AASPA official 2013 conference T-shirt! The winner will receive a free 2013 AASPA CME Conference registration ($550 value). All entries must be submitted by July 1 and follow all design guidelines stated here.
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2013 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
We hope you will join us Oct. 3-6 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Va., for our 13th Annual AASPA CME Meeting in 2013.
Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 13th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!
This exciting, hands-on surgical meeting will be held at the fabulous Hilton Alexandria Old Town in the heart of historical Old Town Alexandria, Va.
If you are looking for a qualified surgical PA, this is the ideal venue to fill that position. For industry exhibitors looking for "high touch face time" with surgical PAs, this is the ideal meeting for you!
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Groundbreaking surgery for girl born without windpipe
The New York Times
Using plastic fibers and human cells, doctors have built and implanted a windpipe in a 2 ½-year-old girl — the youngest person ever to receive a bioengineered organ. The surgery, which took place at Children's Hospital of Illinois, is only the sixth of its kind and the first to be performed in the United States. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration under rules that allow experimental procedures when otherwise the patient has little hope of survival.
Financial report: Retirement the top concern for physicians
By J. Christopher Burke
The complexity of practicing medicine has never been as great as it is now. Physicians struggle with a multitude of issues every day, and their tremendous focus on patients and the business of medicine can come at the expense of taking care of their personal financial matters. This insight really came to life in the results of a national poll conducted by AMA Insurance: 2013 Report on U.S. Physicians' Financial Preparedness.
Antidepressants linked to higher risk of complications after surgery
The most popular class of drugs used to treat depression, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, may increase risk of bleeding and the need for blood transfusions following operations, according a study. Previous studies have investigated the dangers of SSRI use among pregnant women and possible associations with suicide among adolescents, but the latest study looked into evidence that correlated SSRIs with an elevated risk of bleeding and irregular heart beats in patients who were hospitalized for surgery.
New transplant technology keeps organs 'alive' outside body
In every medical drama the scene is the same: The surgeon carefully places the delicate organ in a cooler filled with ice and snaps the lid shut. The transplant team then sprints toward the door, hoping to reach its patient in time.
That speed isn't just for dramatic effect. Transplant teams rush because they have less than eight hours to transport the organ to the operating room, prepare it for surgery and implant it into the recipient's body.
Medical system largely unprepared for privacy breaches
American Medical News
Despite having experienced a breach or knowing they are at risk for one, many health care organizations do not have proper measures in place to prevent future breaches or mitigate damages in the event another one was to occur.
Effective associations: Beating the odds to boost your membership numbers
By Meagan Rockett
These aren't easy times for associations to try to increase their membership numbers. But with a strong message and smart strategy, you can beat the odds and be the organization that everyone in your field wants to join. We all know the challenges, and they won't be going away anytime soon. Budgets are tight, so companies and organizations are hesitant to pay for association memberships. Here's what some of the most effective associations do to keep their membership numbers strong and healthy.
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