AMWA NewsFlash
Mar. 27, 2013

New medical school programs help students battle burnout
U.S. News & World Report
About half of medical school students show the classic signs: emotional exhaustion, detachment and a feeling that one's efforts "don't make a difference," says Liselotte Dyrbye, associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. That's not good, as burnout, in turn, is linked to reduced altruism and unprofessional behavior, such as reporting a physical exam result as normal without actually doing it.More

AMWA's 98th annual meeting a huge success
AMWA's 98th annual meeting in New York City was an unparalleled success! The speaker roster featured America's most accomplished physicians, all leaders within their field. We were sold out at this packed event which featured top-quality CME sessions, mentoring programs and 50 poster presentations. Dr. Michelle Bachelet — pediatrician, mother and past president of Chile, now Undersecretary General and Executive Director of UN Women — was our keynote speaker at the Annual Awards Luncheon in the historic Villard Ballroom of the New York Palace. Other highlights included the dinner dance cruise around Manhattan on the Yacht Infinity for AMWA's 98th Anniversary Gala.More

Dr. Devi featured on Alzheimer's news segment
CBS News
VideoBriefDr. Gayatri Devi — the immediate past president of AMWA and neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital — appeared on CBS's "Up To The Minute" earlier this week discussing the early signs of Alzheimer's.More

ACA resources

Lastly, here is a link to an upcoming National Grand Rounds event:

Note: Participants can attend live in-person or via online webcast.More

Online open class on women's professional development
Stanford University
Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research has just launched a new website section that features five impactful lectures by outstanding faculty on topics that support women's professional and leadership development.

Titled Voice and Influence, it aims "to empower women and men to be as effective as possible and to create organizations where all people can thrive. It features lectures on "Creating a Level Playing Field," "Power and Influence," "Negotiation," "Harnessing the Power of Story" and "Team Dynamics."

Check it out!

What the healthcare law means for women
National Physicians Alliance, National Women's Law Center
Thanks to the healthcare law, the days of women being treated like pre-existing conditions are numbered. Currently, insurance companies can deny coverage to survivors of domestic violence or mothers who have had a Cesarean section simply by calling these "pre-existing conditions." But thanks to the new healthcare law, also known as the Affordable Care Act, this unfair practice is on the way OUT. So are others. The lives of millions of women and their families are improving. Find out how.More

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.More

Medical error risk rises under shorter medical intern shifts
HealthLeaders Media
The 2011 decision to limit from 30 to 16 hours the time hospital internal medicine trainees can continuously work may be making patients less safe, because it leads to far more hand-offs and perceptions by nurses and residents that quality of care suffers.More

Program improves PhD student diversity
Brown University via Phys.Org
A new paper in the peer-reviewed journal CBE—Life Sciences Education describes a Brown University program that has significantly improved recruiting and performance of underrepresented minority students in its nine life sciences doctoral programs over the last four years. More

Empathy gap in medical students
The Boston Globe
Flint Wang was eager to start his third year of medical school, when he would finally break free of the classroom and treat patients. But once in the hospital, Wang, like many classmates, felt insecure and discouraged. Doctors don't hesitate to point out students' knowledge gaps. And neither do some patients. Medical training can be so stressful that it is sometimes difficult to connect with those being treated. More

Temporary staffing requests for PAs, NPs, on the rise
Becker's Hospital Review
The demand for temporary physician assistants and nurse practitioners is growing rapidly, according to a survey by Staff Care, a national temporary healthcare staffing firm. From October 2012 to February 2013, researchers polled healthcare executives and medical group managers about their use of temporary physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.More

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.More

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. More

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.More

Portsmouth Naval Medical Center doctor honored
The Virginian-Pilot
A Portsmouth Naval Medical Center doctor has been honored for her contributions to military medicine. Cmdr. Nicole McIntyre received a Building Stronger Female Physician Leaders in the Military Health System award. She is one of six female physicians selected for the award. McIntyre mentors female residents, interns and medical students as a faculty member of the Naval Medical Center and Eastern Virginia Medical School otolaryngology residency programsMore

Survey: More doctors plan to retire early
MedPage Today
Most physicians have a pessimistic outlook on the future of medicine, citing eroding autonomy and falling income, a survey of more than 600 doctors found. Six in 10 physicians said it is likely many of their colleagues will retire earlier than planned in the next one to three years, a survey from Deloitte Center for Health Solutions found. That perception is uniform across age, gender and specialty, it said.More

Toolkit for the USPSTF Overview and Recommendation Process videos
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has created the following materials as resources for use online and in newsletters to share the Task Force's Overview and Recommendation Process videos. Please feel free to edit and use these as you wish.

Click here to get the toolkit.More

A push for HPV vaccinations
The New York Times
The government recommended years ago that all adolescent girls get a vaccine to protect against cervical cancer. But nearly seven years after it first came to market, an overwhelming majority of girls have yet to be inoculated. Alarmed by the stubbornly low rates, doctors and federal health officials are brainstorming about how to get more children vaccinated.More

Study: Less frequent mammograms don't increase risks after 50
In the latest installment in the mammogram debate, a new study finds that getting a mammogram every other year instead of annually did not increase the risk of advanced breast cancer in women aged 50 to 74, even in women who use hormone therapy or have dense breasts, factors that increase a woman's cancer risk.More