The Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare, has been the source of many polarizing conversations since it was signed into law in March 2010. The medical field, like the rest of the country, is divided on whether the law should be repealed, changed, or left as it is. With a new administration taking over the White House and Republicans remaining in control of Congress, it’s a certainty that there will be serious changes to the ACA, but it’s currently unclear what those changes are going to look like, particularly for those working in the medical profession. Continue reading “Preparing for the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act”
Staying on top of the latest news and trends in the industry is a crucial task for those in the medical profession. However, with long hours and little downtime, it can be difficult to stay abreast of what’s happening in the world of medicine. Podcasts are a great way to stay informed about the latest developments in your field, hear the advice and experiences of other physicians, and sometimes just get some relatable entertainment. Just pop in your ear buds during your lunch break or turn up the volume on your phone during your commute. It’s never been easier to keep current on all of the most recent news and developments. Continue reading “10 Informative Podcasts for Medical Professionals”
Cold and flu season is knocking on the door, and no one knows this better than those who work in direct patient care. Not only is this a very busy season for those in health care, but it’s also a risky one. With germs flying all around, it can be easy to fall victim to whatever bug is bringing folks in for an office visit. While it’s impossible to avoid contact with germs when working in a clinical setting, here are some tips for healthcare professionals to help them stay a little healthier this cold and flu season. Continue reading “Cold & Flu Season: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others”
It’s fairly common knowledge that there is a growing problem of painkiller abuse sweeping the nation. With national data showing that opioid painkiller deaths are up more than 400% since 2001, physicians are struggling to find a balance between prescribing necessary painkillers to their patients and attempting to avoid contributing to this growing problem. Many med schools and teaching hospitals are looking closely at this issue and how they can improve the training given to new healthcare providers to work toward reducing these issues.
A lack of training at the university level has been cited as a contributing factor in creating the problem of opioid abuse. Many universities have recently received federal grants to put programs in place to assist in giving the necessary training to new physicians to help them identify potential cases of drug abuse and find alternative solutions to prescribing stronger painkillers. Continue reading “Training to Combat Opioid Abuse”
Technology has taken over the vast majority of our daily tasks. From ordering our coffee before we get to the counter to researching all of our major purchases from the comfort of our home, nearly everything we want or need to do is available through the swipe of a phone screen or the stroke of a few keys on a laptop. This is certainly the trend in healthcare professions, as well, with many tasks made faster and easier through the latest technological advances. Here are a few ways that you can embrace technology and create a more efficient environment for healthcare providers and their patients. Continue reading “Tech Can Make Healthcare More Efficient”
Social media has changed the world, for better or worse. The fact is that social media is virtually available to anyone, including students that attend middle schools and high schools. Many children have their own smart phones that allow them to stay connected at all times. These devices let them to connect with other students at school and beyond. This also means that fallout from positive and negative interactions on those platforms can trickle down into the school day. Continue reading “How Social Media is Expanding the Role of School Counselors”