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International Congress of the Medical Women's International Assoc.
Seoul, Korea
July 31-Aug. 3, 2013


Honoring the achievements of AMWA members, past and present ...

The assemblage of this pantheon of women leaders in medicine demonstrates a wide variety of experiences and expertise with one uniting them:
The unwavering commitment to make a difference for women, be they physicians or patients.


 



Study: Patients' healthcare costs unaffected by doctors' sex
HealthDay News
When selecting a healthcare provider, people may have a personal preference between a man or a woman, but a doctor's gender does not affect patients' healthcare costs or their risk of early death, a new study reveals.
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SCHOLARSHIPS & FUNDING


Dr. Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award
Palm Healthcare Foundation
The H.O.W. — Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper — Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award from July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014. The selected students will receive $3,000. The requirement is that the student precepts with a gynecologic oncologist faculty. The student may also precept under a medical oncologist, radiation therapist or gynecologic pathologist. However, the clerkship must be related to women's cancer in particular ovarian cancer.

Final selection will be by April 30. Click here for award guidelines. Any further information — please contact jmcgrath@phfpbc.org or Dr. Robert C. Knapp at robert_knapp_ma82@post.harvard.edu.

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Scholarships to give your medical education a shot in the arm
Scholarship America via U.S. News & World Report
Sometimes earning an undergraduate degree is only the beginning of a student's educational goal. Thousands of new college students start school every year with the ultimate hope of an advanced degree — and few of those degrees have the mystique of an M.D.
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POLICY & ADVOCACY


Mandatory payment reductions in the Medicare Fee for Service Program 'Sequestration'
CMS
The Budget Control Act of 2011 requires, among other things, mandatory across-the-board reductions in federal spending, also known as sequestration. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 postponed sequestration for two months. As required by law, President Barack Obama issued a sequestration order on March 1. The Administration continues to urge Congress to take prompt action to address the current budget uncertainty and the economic hardships imposed by sequestration.
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Match Day: More medical graduates entering primary care
USA Today
The number of medical students committing to primary care rather than specialties increased for the fourth straight year in the largest "match program" in history, a report says. But medical experts warn a severe shortage of doctors will still exist. The numbers were announced as part of the Match Day event in which graduating medical school seniors find out where they will spend their residencies — the next three to seven years of their medical careers.
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Doctors must lead charge for real reform
MedPage Today
Practicing physicians will have to be the drivers of true healthcare reform, not outside forces or leadership, according to the former Medicare chief. In order to lower health system costs and still deliver quality care, "you're going to need a kind of momentum from professionals — the moral center of care — to change with the proper ways; with the proper skills and models, and that's a much finer grained thing than changing a rule or a law," said Don Berwick, M.D., former administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "You're seeing [that momentum] a bit. I just think we need more of it."
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Residency funding freeze exacerbates doc shortage
FierceHealthcare
A doctor shortage is prompting U.S. medical schools to expand, graduating 5,000 more doctors per year by 2019. But the shortage will remain unless the number of federally funded residencies increases from levels frozen since 1997, medical educators warn. Medicare funds most residencies, paying $9.5 billion per year to subsidize 94,000 positions at teaching hospitals, with Medicaid and other sources funding another 10,000 residencies, The Wall Street Journal notes.
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Study: Patients' healthcare costs unaffected by doctors' sex
HealthDay News
When selecting a healthcare provider, people may have a personal preference between a man or a woman, but a doctor's gender does not affect patients' healthcare costs or their risk of early death, a new study reveals.

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Pregnant without a policy in graduate school
The New York Times
Is a pregnant medical student "not a bad idea?" That's how Anna Jesus, writing for the Sunday Review, described one attending surgeon's response to a discussion of her decision to get pregnant while in medical school.

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Nurse practitioners, doctors in tug-of-war over patients
Bloomberg Businessweek
The nation's 155,000 nurse practitioners are caught in a tug-of-war with doctors over who will provide basic primary care for the 30 million U.S. citizens set to get health insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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Healing the hospital hierarchy
The New York Times (opinion)
Most people in healthcare understand and accept the need for clinical hierarchies. The problem is that we aren't usually prepared for them; nor are we given protocols for resolving the inevitable tensions that arise over appropriate care. Doctors and nurses are trained differently, and our sense of priorities can conflict. When that happens, the lack of an established, neutral way of resolving such clashes works to everyone's detriment.
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Warning sounded on demoralized healthcare work force
American Medical News
The experience of working in American healthcare is being drained of joy and meaning amid a rising rate of occupational injuries, episodes of verbal abuse and physical assaults from colleagues, and a seemingly relentless drive to provide more care in less time.
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NEWS IN WOMEN'S HEALTH


Why don't teens get shots for HPV and other diseases?
USA Today
The percentage of parents who say they won't have their teen daughters vaccinated against the human papillomavirus increases, even though physicians increasingly recommend the vaccinations
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OB/GYNs told robot hysterectomy not best option
The Associated Press via News & Observer
Pricey robotic surgery shouldn't be the first or even second choice for most women who need a hysterectomy, says advice issued Thursday to doctors who help those women decide. The preferred method: Operate through the vagina, using standard tools rather than a robot, said Dr. James Breeden, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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