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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.
Time for women to 'lean in' to healthcare leadership roles
Two decades after entering the workforce, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, former vice president at Google, former economist at the World Bank and a director on multiple boards is impatient with the progress of women in the workplace, particularly in the boardroom. Healthcare is no exception to these dismal stats. According to 2012 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up 75 percent of the healthcare workforce, but only 18 percent of hospital CEOs are women. In fact, the American College of Healthcare Executives, an organization that advocates for diversity in the healthcare executive community elected its first female president this year.
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month
April marks Alcohol Awareness Month. Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence since 1987, the goal is to reduce alcohol abuse and encourage adults who choose to drink, to do so responsibly.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, most adults who drink alcohol, do so in moderation and are at low risk for developing problems related to their drinking.
The U.S. Dietary Guidelines define moderate drinking as up to one drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. The Guidelines define a standard drink as 12 fluid ounces of regular beer, 5 fluid ounces of wine, and 1.5 fluid ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits. Each of these standard drinks contains the same amount of alcohol.
Physicians should remember to counsel patients on issues related to alcohol and health, taking into account the potential risks of alcohol consumption based on family background, medical history and personal drinking decisions.
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Survey: Physicians oppose expanding advance practice nurses' role
Becker's Hospital Review
Many physicians are not open to expanding the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses, according to a recent survey conducted by DoctorDirectory. Fifty percent of physicians surveyed "strongly disagreed" with the question, "As a physician, do you feel that allowing advanced practice nurses more autonomy, including prescribing on their own, should become a law?" Sixteen percent of respondents "somewhat disagreed" with the question.
Many US blacks eager to take part in medical research
Black Americans are more likely than other racial/ethnic groups to be interested in participating in medical research, including when it involves providing blood or genetic samples, a new study finds. Each year, more than 80,000 clinical trials are conducted in the United States, but less than 2 percent of the population participate, according to the news release. Women, the elderly, racial and ethnic minorities, and rural residents are often underrepresented in these studies.
Doctors' spouses, partners say they're satisfied
Most spouses or partners of doctors in the United States are happy with their relationships, according to a new study. Mayo Clinic researchers conducted a national survey of about 900 spouses or partners of doctors and found that 85 percent said they were satisfied in their relationship. And 80 percent said they would choose a physician spouse or partner again if they could make their choice over.
Shumlin: We need more women in governorships
The Huffington Post
There is no disputing that women are on the rise in America. Our tremendously successful outgoing secretary of state was a woman who very nearly became president (and might still), 21 women are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies (a title that was previously reserved for men), and this past election voters sent more women than ever to Congress. These are all good signs, but we are still not doing enough to get women into leadership positions in public service.
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Erasing inequities between doc, advanced practitioner pay
Advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants should receive the same compensation from Medicare as physicians for performing higher-level services, a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission said.
Using technology, informatics to expand scope of practice
For years, organized medical groups have blocked efforts by advanced practice nurses to expand their scope of practice. Even at the dawn of technology in hospitals transforming and expediting many processes, groups such as the American Medical Association believe that allowing nurse practitioners to care for patients, rather than primary care physicians, put patients' health at risk. Pointing to the dramatic gap in years of education, these physicians advocate physician-led teams. However, new solutions provided through technological advances show potential to fill this gap when properly taken advantage of by NPs; a factor requiring serious consideration.
Virtual human body changes how medical students learn
LiveScience.com via Yahoo
Today's medical students won't only learn anatomy from a dry, old textbook or a wet, fleshy cadaver. Thanks to NYU School of Medicine and the animation company BioDigital Systems, they can learn using a 3-D, virtual, interactive human body. Its makers call it the BioDigital Human, and LiveScience got a demonstration of the 3-D system in action.
CMS announces opportunity to apply for Marketplace Navigator grants
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the availability of new funding to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. Navigators are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans and public programs including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
$400,000 grants available for women and minorities in science, tech, engineering, math
This program supports research and extension projects that have robust collaborations to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields that are relevant to USDA priorities identified by the Secretary: (i) Promotion of a safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply for all Americans and for people around the world; (ii) Sustainable agricultural policies that foster economic viability for small and mid-sized farms and rural businesses, protect natural resources, and promote value-added agriculture; (iii) national leadership in climate change mitigation and adaptation; (iv) Building a modern workplace with a modern workforce; and (v) Support for 21st century rural communities.
NHSC Scholarship Program open to applicants
March 21 marked the opening of the 2013 National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program application cycle. The application cycle will remain open through May 14. The Application and Program Guidance can be found on the NHSC website and contains all of the requirements and program details.
Judge strikes restrictions on 'morning-after' pill
A federal judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make "morning-after" emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age. The ruling is a victory for reproductive-rights groups that had sought to remove age and other restrictions on emergency contraception.
Hospitals in 5 states clamp down on delivering babies before 39 weeks
Kaiser Health News
When hospitals commit to stopping the delivery of babies before 39 weeks gestation unless there is medical cause to do so, they can dramatically lower rates that can put babies at increased risk for serious health problems. A study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology showed a group of 25 hospitals in five states were able to cut rate their rates of elective early deliveries from nearly 28 percent to under 5 percent in one year.
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