Recent Blog Posts

Many Physicians Have A Tough Time Retiring

Most people look forward to the day when they can retire. But surveys show Physicians aren’t too excited about leaving the profession. The average retirement age in the United States is 63. According to a CompHealth survey, on average, respondents intend to retire at 68 years old. The U.S. Census …

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Medical Students With Disabilities Face Barriers in Medical Schools

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (UCSF) released a publication that explores the current state of medical education for medical students and physicians with disabilities. This report is designed to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges and opportunities …

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Minorities Remain Underrepresented in Medical Schools

Black, Hispanic, and American Indian students remain underrepresented in medical schools, despite increasing efforts to create a diverse physician workforce, according to a new study by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “Recent studies have shown a steady increase in the enrollment of nonwhite …

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States Investigating Severe Pulmonary Disease Linked to Vaping

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently investigating 193 cases of the lung disease reported in 22 states. (CA, CT, IL, IN, IA, MN, MI, NC, NJ, NM, NY, PA, TX, UT, WI, and additional states pending verification). These were reported between June 28th and August 20th of …

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Doctors Perform First Voice Box Reconstruction

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A team of doctors at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, successfully created the world’s first voice box reconstruction. Cooper has breathed through a tracheostomy, a hole in his throat that extends into his windpipe since he was born because he was diagnosed with congenital high airway obstruction syndrome, …

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Mothers in Medicine

Physician mothers feel significant pressure in balancing careers and family especially since many institutions don’t have a culture that is ideal for Doctors who have personal care-giving and parenting responsibilities. “When women take time off for maternity leave, which they absolutely should, … because institutions don’t have sound policies about …

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Improving Doctor Nurse Partnership

In order to provide the best possible patient care, all members of the healthcare team must work in a collaborative manner. Physicians and Nurses are at the forefront of providing care, so their partnership is imperative. Nurses and Physicians can both improve their partnership by trying a few of these …

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Social Media Is Changing Patient Care

Social media in healthcare has exploded. It is transforming patient care as it spreads through many facets of healthcare delivery. A paper by JMIR said that nearly 90 percent of older adults have used social media to seek and share health information. Most hospitals, physicians and even insurance companies now …

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Traits Every Great Physician Has

Physicians have a highly respected career and it takes a huge commitment and hard work to achieve a future in medicine. Besides IQ, what qualities are needed to be a great Doctor? Compassion Doctors need heart, they aren’t robots. Patients respond better to Physicians who are empathetic and engaged. Compassion …

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Diverse Physicians Needed To Improve Health Outcomes

There have been efforts to try and increase the number of minority ethnic groups in science and medicine but, the amount of African American men pursuing and obtaining degrees in such fields has reached a historic low. According to NBC news, in 1986 57 percent of black medical school graduates …

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Small Cars Making A Big Difference For Young Patients

Hospitals are raising spirits and decreasing anxiety in their younger patients by having them drive their own mini car to surgery. Some of the mini cars are equipped with a stereo, which has a variety of preloaded music and an MP3 player, as well as functioning headlights, taillights and dashboard …

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Diversity In The Medical Field Isn’t Growing Fast Enough

Amid growing racial and ethnic diversity in the United States, the medical profession isn’t growing with it.  Between 1978 and 2008, 88 percent of graduates of U.S. medical schools were white or Asian. Blacks, American Indians and Hispanics together made up the remaining 12 percent. According to the Washington Post, On average, black men in America …

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Gene Therapy Aims At Stopping Blindness

Advances in gene therapy are finally yielding new options that are revolutionizing the treatment of inherited retinal degenerations.Kellogg Eye Center has begun treating patients with a new gene therapy for children and adults with inherited forms of vision loss. The therapy is called Luxturna, and was approved by the U.S. Food and …

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