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The changing face of medical school admissions
The New York Times
Dr. Pauline W. Chen writes: "At an assembly during my first week of medical school, one of the institution's venerable deans took to the podium to announce that our class marked a turning point in the school's history: nearly half of us were female. My classmates and I were unimpressed. For while our genders might have been mixed, it hadn't taken us long to realize that on paper we were remarkably alike."
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AWHS Artifact of the Month — AWH Hospital No. 1
By Dyani Loo, Co-Chair, AWHS Committee
In 1917 the Medical Women's National Association (which was later renamed AMWA) established a war service committee in order to create a census of the medical women in the country and to plan how to apply their resources to the war effort. World War I had already entered into its third year, women at that time were not accepted by military branches of the government, and the government had no plan to organize them for war service.
AMWA members encouraged to enter First Lady's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
The White House
Calling all young chefs: Here's your chance to share your favorite delicious and nutritious lunch recipe with First Lady Michelle Obama and all of the White House Chefs!
With the overwhelming success of the inaugural Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' "State Dinner" in 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama is again teaming up with Epicurious, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture to host a Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. We're inviting parents or guardians and their children, ages 8-12 to submit an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable and tasty, with the opportunity to be invited to attend a Kids' "State Dinner" here at the White House. We will even be serving a selection of the winning healthy recipes.
Click here to read more about AMWA's support of the program. AMWA was present at the 2010 launch of the First Lady's Let's Move campaign to reduce childhood obesity and continues to support this initiative.
Women's equality agenda allows doctors to be doctors
Dr. Anne Davis writes: "In the coming weeks, the New York State Legislature will consider Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Women's Equality Agenda, a ground-breaking piece of legislation that will address many serious issues from achieving pay equity, to eradicating workplace sexual harassment, to ensuring safety for victims of domestic violence. It also contains a critical provision to protect reproductive health decisions, which has everything to do with how I care for my patients, and how I address emergencies."
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. The report data in these areas presents both challenges and opportunities for today's physicians, and includes some vital insights for female physicians they may find useful.
Sequester impact on medical research results in cuts to promising projects
At Temple University in Philadelphia, a group of 22 graduate students and researchers have been exploring ways to help repair the heart after trauma. Under the leadership of Dr. Steven Houser, they are testing three potential therapies, one of which they hope will fundamentally transform the way that patients recover from a heart attack. Like most medical research projects, the prospect of reaching a major breakthrough is tantalizing but not probable. "Every scientist thinks their work is going to be earth-shattering," Houser said. "But sometimes it actually is."
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Dr. Regina Benjamin launches Surgeon General's Every Body Walk
Walking is a simple form of physical activity that can be done almost anywhere. Through the Surgeon General's Every Body Walk! campaign, Dr. Regina Benjamin will be promoting walking and walkable communities as a way to help Americans meet physical activity recommendations.
Evolution in medical school: Do we need more of it?
The Boston Globe
We're used to controversies around the teaching of evolution but here's one place you might be surprised to learn Darwinian thinking is still struggling to take hold: medical schools. It's not that the medical establishment doubts evolution, it's just that traditionally it hasn't viewed it as particularly relevant to taking care of patients.
Med school enrollment growth won't ease doc shortage
U.S. medical schools are on pace to see enrollment reach more than 21,000 by 2017, according to a new survey from the Association of American Medical Colleges Center for Workforce Studies. But despite the 30 percent enrollment growth, experts warn the predicted shortage of physicians will remain unless the number of federally funded residencies increases from levels frozen since 1997, as FierceHealthcare previously reported.
Study discusses how mind-body class helps medical students better manage stress
The Medical News
A Boston University School of Medicine study shows a mind-body class elective for medical students helps increase their self-compassion and ability to manage thoughts and tasks more effectively. The study, published in Medical Education Online, also discusses how this innovative course may help medical students better manage stress and feel more empowered to use mind-body skills with their patients.
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After bombings, hospitals turn to healing their own
The Boston Globe
In the weeks since the Boston Marathon bombing attack, caregivers have reported persistent anxiety, sleeplessness, or trouble shaking images of the bombings' aftermath. People who work in Boston's world-class hospitals are trained to deal with trauma, but most are unaccustomed to dealing with mass casualties caused by an attack in their own neighborhood, or working under lockdown.
Reform will be built on primary care
Building a strong foundation in primary care-based medical homes is vital to furthering delivery and payment reforms, health policy experts said. "If you have strong primary care, you can improve health outcomes, you can lower per capita costs, and you can increase equity," said Melinda Abrams, MS, vice president of the Commonwealth Fund in New York City and director of its Patient-Centered Coordinated Care program.
Vacancy: Office of Grants Management and Scientific Reveiw director
The newly established National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) will catalyze the generation of innovative methods and technologies that will enhance the development, testing and implementation of diagnostics and therapeutics across a wide range of human diseases and conditions. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, as well as senior-level research experience or knowledge of research programs moving research from the basic laboratory sciences into preclinical models and clinical trials.
Lawmaker proposes new criteria for choosing NSF grants
The new chair of the House of Representatives science committee has drafted a bill that, in effect, would replace peer review at the National Science Foundation with a set of funding criteria chosen by Congress. For good measure, it would also set in motion a process to determine whether the same criteria should be adopted by every other federal science agency.
Work-up, treatment of adolescent PCOS varies by specialty
Ob. Gyn. News
Inconsistent diagnostic and treatment practices for the diagnosis of adolescent polycystic ovary syndrome exist among clinicians in adolescent medicine, gynecology, and endocrinology, results from a single-center, retrospective study demonstrated. The differences "could reflect provider comfort within their specialty and how their specialty approaches these symptoms," Sarah Powers said at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.
'Network of networks' will bolster clinical registries
American Medical News
Organized medicine expects that a new initiative to create a national, patient-centered data infrastructure will not just expand upon and share patient data, but also benefit clinical registries that feed comparative effectiveness research.
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