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A new breed of doctor, from new school
The Hartford Courant
With the healthcare system swamped by the Affordable Care Act and a physician shortage threatening the future of healthcare, the medical community has called for more medical schools to produce more doctors — specifically, more primary care physicians.
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AMWA appoints new president and president-elect
AMWA has elected Dr. Eleni Tousimis as president and Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla as president-elect to the AMWA Board of Directors. Click here to read more about Dr. Tousimis and Dr. Haffizulla, as well as other newly elected officers and board members.
Breast Cancer Task Force updates
Nicole Sandhu, MD, PhD; Co-chair, AMWA Breast Cancer Task Force
AMWA was one of the stakeholders invited by Virginia Moyer, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, to participate in the USPSTF BRCA Risk Assessment & Counseling/Testing webinar regarding the draft evidence report and draft recommendation statement on BRCA mutation screening. The webinar was attended by the newly formed AMWA Breast Cancer Task Force on Tuesday, April 2, after which the draft evidence report and draft recommendation statement were reviewed. The AMWA Breast Cancer Task Force has submitted feedback to the USPSTF for consideration before the final report and recommendation statement are published. We look forward to the publication of the final evidence report and recommendation statement from USPSTF.
AWHS Clinic Spotlight: Clinic Nepal
Hari Bhandary, founder of Clinic Nepal, grew up in the remote village of Meghauli, Nepal, where about 99 percent of Nepali population lives by subsistence farming. Access to education during that time was difficult, and healthcare was practically non-existent aside from local traditional medicine practitioners using herbal medicine.
Administration simplifies, significantly shortens application for health insurance
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that the application for health coverage has been simplified and significantly shortened. The application for individuals without health insurance has been reduced from 21 to three pages, and the application for families is reduce by two-thirds. The consumer friendly forms are much shorter than industry standards for health insurance applications.
Study: Interns' schedules shortchange patients
Doctors-in-training spend too little time with patients, a small new study suggests. Researchers tracked 29 first-year medical interns at Baltimore's two large academic medical centers for three weeks during January 2012, for a total of nearly 900 hours, and found that the interns spent just 12 percent of their time examining and talking with patients.
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Immigration bill aims to ease doctor shortage
American Medical News
Proposed reforms from a bipartisan group of senators would revamp J-1 visas and other programs that improve access to physician services in underserved areas.
Balancing the equation: Leaders against gender inequality in science, math
The Battalion (Texas A&M)
Forty-seven percent of Texas A&M students are female, but the classrooms in the Zachry Engineering Center and other familiar campus math and science destinations remain predominantly male. Efforts from The Dwight Look College of Engineering and its female leadership, outreach programs aimed at sparking science and math interest in young girls and a movement to change perceptions surrounding the fields seek to push against disproportionate gender representations and meet the demand for engineers in the job market.
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How technology can improve hands-on patient care
Effective clinician and patient relationships include warmth, familiarity and a personal touch. These are important functions that allow a nurse to properly attend to the patient's health and recovery. The more time we spend by the patient's bedside, the more we hear, see and sense about his or her needs. There's nothing that replaces the nurse's touch and attention, especially at a time of crisis. Some aspects of that coveted level of attention and care have been lost to the fast-paced and stressful environments we see in hospitals today.
Dismissing a problem patient in 10 safe steps
Monthly Prescribing Reference
"Firing a patient" has become common in the modern healthcare environment. The phrase can be seen in print or heard uttered by exasperated providers in reference to individuals who have become "problem patients." These are patients who fail to complete indicated tests, refuse necessary treatments, miss appointments, do not pay bills, are rude, unreasonably demanding, dissatisfied, dishonest, threatening, violent or litigious.
Violence and Gender journal launching fall 2013
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Delving into controversial and unsettling subjects such as the gender basis of violence, the new refereed journal Violence and Gender, launching in fall 2013, will explore the difficult issues that are vital to threat assessment and prevention of the epidemic of violence.
Register for the May Reform Matters conference call
National Women's Law Center
The upcoming May Reform Matters conference call features Leon Rodriguez, the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services. Director Rodriguez will discuss the ACA's antidiscrimination provision — Section 1557 — which prohibits discrimination based on sex, sex stereotypes, gender identity, race, color, national origin, age and disability in health programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance; are administered by an executive agency; or were created under Title I of the ACA.
Funding to research myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome
This Funding Opportunity Announcement issued by the Office of Research on Women's Health and co-sponsoring Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health encourages investigator(s)-initiated applications that propose to examine the etiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome, sometimes referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis, in diverse groups and across the lifespan.
Poor, minority women most likely to die young from breast cancer
Though accounting for only a small fraction of all breast cancers, the more aggressive types found in younger women tend to kill at higher rates when treatment is delayed, greatly affecting poor and minor women.
Pap test might eventually detect other cancers
The Columbus Dispatch
One of the greatest frustrations in women's healthcare is the absence of a good tool for finding ovarian cancer before it's hard to treat and likely to kill. Women who have a known risk sometimes get ultrasounds and blood tests. But most women have no known predisposition and undergo no screening.
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