AMWA NewsFlash
Mar. 6, 2013

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. Faced with a form of limited fertility, she and her husband decided to go ahead and try to conceive rather than waiting for her to establish her career.More

School gets $750,000 grant to study workplace gender bias
Boston Business Journal
In order to boost the number of women in academic science and engineering careers, the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program has pumped $750,000 into UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School to create an index that will measure gender biases in the workplace.More

The Dowd Innovation Seed Fund Fellowship
Carnegie Mellon University
Applications are now being accepting from post-graduate researchers in basic STEM disciplines and information technology through the Carnegie Mellon University Institute of Complex Engineered Systems. Each November four fellowships are awarded to researchers from CMU College of Engineering ICES, based on the merit of their "new idea."More

Is online education isolating professionals from the social aspect of learning?
By Alex Lim
Internet technology over the last decade has allowed working professionals to further their learning opportunities right in the comfort and privacy of their homes. However, there are educators who have lamented the growing momentum of online learning, remote education, technology-based learning and downloadable Internet-based courses as depriving students the much needed social dimension in the learning experience that only hands-on workshops, seminars, labs and classrooms can offer.More

5 miracles of Dr. Carol Warfield's $7 million gender bias settlement
By Dr. Linda Brodsky
Dr. Carol Warfield, a Harvard doctor and chief of anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was awarded a $7 million settlement for gender discrimination in early February. It was a massive settlement to be sure, certainly one of the largest ever for a gender discrimination case. But the large dollar figure is not the real story. The real story is how this played out, because therein lies the implications for the countless other women physicians who face gender discrimination, harassment and physician targeting. These are the extraordinary facts — one might even call them miracles — of this case.More

Campaign to fight unneeded tests targets 'more is better' mindset
American Medical News
There are now 135 tests, procedures and other medical interventions that specialty societies are urging physicians to think twice about before ordering, as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation's Choosing Wisely initiative. The items were chosen based on evidence showing they are ineffective or unnecessary.More

Medical research has focused on males
San Francisco Chronicle
Most of the early lab and animal research in medicine is done on males, and with almost no consideration given to the subtle — and not-so-subtle — differences between male and female biology. True, there have been tremendous advances in studying women's health issues and including women in drug trials and clinical studies. Most of those changes followed a 1993 mandate by the National Institutes of Health that women be included in such studies.More

Survey: Med students still receive free meals, gifts from pharma companies
The Medical News
A first-of-its kind national survey of medical students and residents finds that despite recent efforts by medical schools and academic medical centers to restrict access of pharmaceutical sales representatives to medical trainees, medical students and residents still commonly receive meals, gifts, and industry-sponsored educational materials.More

Despite mounting role in med student ed, barriers to EHR use remain
As more medical students gain access during clinical clerkships to electronic health records, the educational benefits and challenges of using this technology are coming into ever-sharper focus. "Wherever there is an EHR ... it helps me to be a more proactive about my learning," said Diana Tucci, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh. On inpatient rotations, she accesses the EHR each day to see what's on the schedule, what new lab information is available and what she needs to review before rounds.More

Study: Caesarean deliveries vary widely
The New York Times
The rate of Caesarean deliveries, the most common operating-room procedure performed in the United States, varies drastically among hospitals across the country, a new study has found, ranging from 7 percent of all births at the hospital with the lowest share of Caesarean deliveries to 70 percent at the hospital with the highest rate. More

Study finds declining life span for some women
The Associated Press via USA Today
A new study offers more compelling evidence that life expectancy for some U.S. women is actually falling, a disturbing trend that experts can't explain. The latest research found that women age 75 and younger are dying at higher rates than previous years in nearly half of the nation's counties — many of them rural and in the South and West. Curiously, for men, life expectancy has held steady or improved in nearly all counties. The study is the latest to spot this pattern, especially among disadvantaged white women. Some leading theories blame higher smoking rates, obesity and less education, but several experts said they simply don't know why.More

US doctors head overseas to train, not just treat
Lots of healthcare professionals are now traveling abroad to help countries build better healthcare systems instead of simply giving on-the-spot medical care or dealing with emergencies.More