Learning how to do a pelvic exam can be uncomfortable for medical students doing it for the first time. There's a trend in medical schools to use "simulators" and mannequins, rather than model patients, to teach students. At the University of Minnesota medical school, tabletop anatomical models have largely replaced humans. Although the school denies costs are an issue, the savings are significant -- currently it costs $150,000 to hire ...

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by Brian Eule While the debate continues to rage over the health care reform bill in Washington D.C., today at Noon Eastern time, the newest class of 15,000-plus graduating medical students will get their marching orders, beginning their lives working in medicine. It’s called Match Day and each year, on the third Thursday of March, the nation’s graduating medical school students gather with their classmates and wait for an envelope with their ...

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Who knew nursing could be so abusive? Nurse Theresa Brown, in a blog post from the New York Times' Well, reveals the ugly side of nursing. It's known within hospital walls that "nurses eat their young." Indeed, as Brown writes, "the expression is standard lore among nurses, and it means bullying, harassment, whatever you want to call it. It’s that harsh, sometimes abusive treatment of new nurses that is entrenched ...

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Anyone affiliated with a teaching hospital knows that the controversy regarding resident work hours is heating up again. It's been over 5 years since the ACGME limited resident hours to 80 hours per week with a maximum of 30 consecutive hours. While this may not sound like 'reform', as someone who trained prior to these rules, it is definitely a change. More recently, the Institute of Medicine issued a ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Charles Bankhead From time to time, I hear a "mature" person lament the sad state of affairs of the "next generation." Sometimes I wonder whether the same concern should apply to the next generation of doctors. I was at a cardiology meeting, and my schedule included a breakfast program. As I headed toward the meeting, I ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Emily P. Walker, MedPage Today Washington Correspondent More that a year after the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report calling for mandatory naps for medical residents, the organization responsible for implementing -- or rejecting -- the IOM's controversial recommendation has yet to make a decision. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which has ...

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The following is part of a series of original guest columns by the American College of Physicians. by Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP In December 2008 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its report entitled “Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep, Supervision, and Safety,” in which it proposed a number of changes to the current regulations developed and enforced by the ...

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Currently, the most important test prospective medical students take is the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT. Despite what schools say, an MCAT score holds tremendous weight, more so than a brilliant essay or a stellar recommendation letter. In an interesting New York Times piece, Pauline Chen wonders whether that score itself leads to a great physician. She discusses an article showing that students' cognitive traits may be equally important. Although students ...

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Early last year, my boss Talmadge King and I were at an ABIM meeting (we’re both on the board), and the group was debating a controversial topic. Another participant at the meeting, like Talmadge the chair of a prominent department of medicine, said, “We polled 250 people at our grand rounds last week, and they said ‘X’.” The audience gasped – ‘X’ was a completely unexpected response. Talmadge ...

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The following is part of a series of original guest columns by the American College of Physicians. by Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP At times of calendar transitions, e.g., at the onset of a new year or a new decade, the popular press often takes a broad view in looking retrospectively at the outstanding or defining events and people of the past ...

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