by Michael Smith Life is better but the quality of surgical training has gone down in the wake of a Swiss law restricting surgical residents' hours. That was the view of both the residents and the surgical consultants who supervise them in a survey conducted by Daniel Oertli, MD, of University Hospital Basel in Basel, Switzerland, and colleagues. Less than 9% of residents and less than 5% of surgical consultants saw the change ...

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At a recent meeting I attended, a vigorous discussion broke out about what medical students, residents and attendings should wear, and more importantly what they should not wear. Interestingly, patients have been asked to weigh in on this discussion. What to wear is also on the mind of many current second year medical students who may find themselves trying to take study breaks from USMLE 1 to go buy ...

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There's little question that medical school debt is rising rapidly, affecting the career choice of medical students. It's one of the main reasons why the disparity between the number of specialists and primary care doctors is widening. There have been a variety of proposed solutions -- most recent of which are medical schools completely subsidizing their tuition. I think that's a good step forward, but so far, has only been ...

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Should drug and device makers fund continuing medical education courses? That's a question medical schools and academic medical centers have recently been grappling over. Now, the University of Michigan has taken the controversial step to completely divorce the industry from physician education. According to the New York Times,

the University of Michigan Medical School has become the first to decide that it will no longer take any money from drug and device makers ...

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by Kristina Fiore Deaths from medication mistakes appear to spike in July, when medical residencies begin, researchers say. Over nearly a 30-year period, fatal medication errors appear to jump 10% solely in that summer month in U.S. counties with teaching hospitals, David P. Phillips, PhD, of the University of California San Diego and Gwendolyn E.C. Barker, BA, of the University of California Los Angeles, reported online in the Journal of General Internal ...

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by Emily P. Walker A majority of the American public doesn't approve of doctors working 24 hours straight and supports tougher work hour regulation for resident physicians, according to a new public opinion survey. The survey, published in the online journal BMC Medicine, is the first to assess the public's perceptions about the controversial issue of medical residents' work hours. The survey found that 90% of Americans believe the maximum shift duration should ...

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Medical schools are traditionally ranked on criteria like research funding and technological innovation. These rankings are highly significant. A place on the US News' annual Best Medical School list  is a coveted spot indeed. So that's why there was some media attention paid to a recent study from the Annals of Internal Medicine, which ranked medical schools according to their "social mission" -- a phrase that defines a school's ...

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A version of this op-ed was published on June 2nd, 2010 in USA Today. During medical training, I routinely stayed awake for more than 30 hours straight to care for my patients in the hospital. I strove to be the tireless physician who would be with his patients until they went home.  It turns out I may have jeopardized their safety instead. For many years, the medical ...

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Patient handoffs increase the risk of medical errors. As I wrote recently in USA Today, as residency hours are restricted, more of these handoffs will take place. It's imperative that this source of error be minimized. Vineet Arora, associate director at the University of Chicago's Internal Medicine residency, is one of the nation's authorities on patient handoffs. She recently made a video for the incoming interns about the ...

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On a recent Saturday, I rounded in the hospital.  I met up with Zainab, the president of the minority premed association for the University of Chicago, who asked to shadow me.  While she was doing research at the hospital, she had not ever rounded in the hospital before.  It was Saturday so our team was mostly off so it was just me and my very capable resident who is about ...

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