Nurses are the greatest ally of medical students

by Shawn Vuong

Besides the fact that I am going to marry one, I want to say that nurses are the greatest ally to the medical student.

“Nurses can make or break you.”  I don’t remember where I read this quote, so I do not know who to give the credit to, but the quote is true.  Nurses talk about doctors and medical students all of the time.  They …

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Heavy sleep debt extracts a price for patients

An excerpt from The Twenty-Four Hour Mind: The Role of Sleep and Dreaming in Our Emotional Lives.

by Rosalind D. Cartwright, PhD

We live in a culture that values speed; fast foods, fast cars, fast service, and fast decisions.

All of this takes a toll.  Fast food is blamed for the epidemic of obesity, fast cars for motor vehicle accidents, and the wish for fast service and decisions …

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Coping with the culture clash between nurses and IT

by John Rossheim

IT professionals are great at coming up with nifty tools for bringing clinical data to clinicians – as long as nurses are willing to memorize lots of byzantine paths to that information.

Nurses are dedicated to providing direct care for their patients and advocating for them in every way – as long as it doesn’t mean having to adapt to ever-changing computer systems.

These two stereotypes …

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Weekend video preview, October 1, 2010

Answering a viewer question on tardy test result reporting, and a video preview of what’s coming up this weekend on  I invite you to leave general medical and social questions in the comments for me to answer in future video previews.

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Should social justice matter when choosing medical students?

by James Gaulte, MD

Should medical student applicants be chosen less for their demonstrated ability to master large amounts of knowledge and solve problems and more for their social consciousness and desire to push forward with social justice?

That appears to be the suggestion of a panel of experts from the AMA in a project called the Initiative to Transform Medicine (ITM) who believe an …

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Mental health is affected by the poor economy

by James Baker, MD

All over the country, more people are seeking out mental health and developmental disability services from public clinics because they have lost their insurance.

Yet at the exact same time, those services have taken a big hit due to the poor economy, too. One survey says that 32 states have cut their public mental health services, and the average cut is about 5%.

That 5% may not …

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