From KevinMD.com: Medical education Many people believe that there is, or soon will be, a physician shortage. There are nearly 1 million physicians scattered across America representing a ratio of 319 doctors per 100,000 Americans. According to estimates, the AAMC states that there are 13,700 too few physicians for our communities. In contrast to that, the GAO implies … Continue reading A Doctor’s View of Medical Education, Medical Practice, and the Underserved
From the New York Times: Are doctors nicer to patients who aren’t fat? A provocative new study suggests that they are — that thin patients are treated with more warmth and empathy than those who are overweight or obese. For the study, published in the medical journal Obesity, researchers at Johns Hopkins obtained permission to record discussions … Continue reading Are Doctors Nicer to Normal-Weight Patients?
As most of my co-workers know, I am horse-crazy. This sure seems like a great idea to me. What do you guys think? From the TODAY Show: For the next generation of doctors to develop a better bedside manner, it’s important to spend some time in a stable. Neurosurgeon Dr. Allan Hamilton of the University … Continue reading Horses Teach a Better Bedside Manner
I heard e-Patient Dave speak at a conference last year. Great story, great message. In this blog post, he talks about shopping for health insurance, a story which is sadly familiar to myself and many others, I am sure. I keep hearing disparaging things about what lousy consumers patients are – unable to understand how … Continue reading Shopping for Health Insurance
From the New York Times: The scientists who were recruited to appear at a conference called Entomology-2013 thought they had been selected to make a presentation to the leading professional association of scientists who study insects. But they found out the hard way that they were wrong. The prestigious, academically sanctioned conference they had in … Continue reading The Dark Side of Open Access
From KevinMD: Academic Medicine, journal of the American Association of Medical Colleges, has sent out a recent call for articles addressing the 2013 question of the year: “What is a doctor? What is a nurse?” Thirty years ago this would have been an absurd question. Not only would it have been absurd for doctors and … Continue reading What is a doctor? What is a nurse?
From the American Library Association (ALA): First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of … Continue reading This week is National Library Week 2013!
What: In this class, we’ll focus on the skills needed most for support staff managing EndNote libraries. We’ll begin by discussing citation management programs, how they’re used, & the library resources that you’ll be using in your work. We’ll then move on to entering references manually, finding and importing known references from online databases such as PubMed, … Continue reading Workshop: EndNote Basics for Support Staff
From KevinMD.com: The United States is higher in its use of computed tomography (CT) scans than any other industrialized country. There were about 3 million scans done in the U.S. in 1980. By 2007 that number had risen to 70 million. A number of articles published in medical journals over the past few years have … Continue reading Hidden Risks of CT Scans
Do you know how the illness called influenza, which comes from the Italian word for "influence," got it's name? Test your knowledge of the flu virus by taking the New York Times's Well Flu Quiz. Hopefully you will get a better score than I did!