Medical school debt is also a problem in the UK
"Medical student debt is spiralling. The average fifth year medical student owes nearly £20,000, and the high cost of studying for a medical degree is one of the reasons so few medical students come from working class backgrounds. The introduction of top-up fees next year is likely to make this worse."

Although that's peanuts compared to here in the ...

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The effects of the "incidental finding"
The downside of patients demanding evidence-bereft screening tests and scans: "'Increased use of scanning technology raises the likelihood of the 'serendipitous detection' of abnormalities, said Dr. H. Gilbert Welch of the Department of Veterans Affairs in White River Junction, Vt., and Dartmouth Medical School. 'This is a side effect of our ability to see things so well,' he said, 'and it's a ...

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Medscape has resources for scattered New Orleans medical students
"Within the next several days, a new school Web site will be created by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), he said. That should facilitate more official communications.

Meanwhile, medical students have been trying to communicate with each other and with school officials via Internet discussion groups (see links below). One of their biggest concerns is how their training ...

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Medical schools are not adequately preparing future physicians for real-life
"According to survey results, released today, physicians-in-training are receiving traditional education, but are not being offered curricula that keeps pace with the advances in the healthcare industry. As summer vacation ends and schools re-open, medical students wonder, am I receiving an education that will make me a competent physician? Results show that only 17 percent of students are very satisfied ...

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The ads for Lunesta are being criticized
"One print ad says Lunesta is 'the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for long-term use.' Similar phrases appear on Sepracor's website for the drug, lunesta.com, and in television ads. They depict restless people being lulled to sleep by what appears to be a luna moth, which is active at night.

But while Lunesta's label says the drug is intended to ...

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Either I'm missing something, or I slept through the lecture where they talked about using thrombolytics for non-ST elevation MI. Consider this case:

At 58 years old, Dr. F is a careful and experienced physician who has been practicing in rural Florida for more than 20 years. Given the reduced reimbursement rates of the past few years (and the fact that he had just put three children through college), his ...

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Why primary-care is doomed, in a nutshell
"Medical schools across the nation are producing fewer primary care doctors. Today's medical students instead are choosing niche surgical specialties, according to annual surveys by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Most of those students are motivated by lifestyle goals, said Dr. Gilhooley, the medical director in Wilkes-Barre.

Family doctors usually work 10 to 12 hour days, often skipping lunch and ...

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Why specialty hospitals? "Profit, profit, profit"
"The debate in Rapid City, a city of 60,000 people near Mount Rushmore, mirrors national concerns about specialty hospitals, which are typically doctor-owned for-profit facilities that focus on a narrow range of services such as heart or orthopedic surgery. Critics say specialty hospitals harm hospitals that serve poorer and sicker patients, and lead to waste of health-care dollars by driving people to get unneeded ...

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Harvard's teaching hospitals are thinking of saying "I'm sorry" after medical errors
"Harvard Medical School's major teaching hospitals are considering adopting a sweeping disclosure policy that would establish detailed procedures for physicians to openly acknowledge medical errors and other bad results to their patients, and provide for training in apologizing."

Medpundit talks about the growing phenomena of cyberchondriacs
"Too many people dismiss the art of diagnosis that is the benefit of going to medical school and assume that they've correctly diagnosed themselves based on their internet reading."

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