12 Things That Aren’t in Medical Texts (But Should Be)

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There’s little enough time to absorb all the informational details from four-years-plus of med school. So it’s no wonder a great deal of crucial practical information is left out between graduation and rotations.

When it comes to patient health, there’s more than text book study and making-the-grade to becoming an effective physician. Check out our picks for the dozen things that we think should at least show-up as a sidebar in modern medical textbooks

“The most common apologetic phrase I hear is ‘I’m not good at antibiotics,’ says EM-blog poster Michael Heller MD, of medical interns. “This is like calling a plumber for a clogged toilet who then says, ‘I’m not good at bathrooms.'”

There’s little enough time to absorb all the informational details from four-years-plus of med school. So it’s no wonder a great deal of crucial practical information is left out between graduation and rotations.

When it comes to patient health, there’s more than text book study and making-the-grade to becoming an effective physician. Check out our picks for the dozen things that we think should at least show-up as a sidebar in modern medical textbooks: Continue reading “12 Things That Aren’t in Medical Texts (But Should Be)”

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Medical Conferences for Physicians in Exotic Locales

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Though the main purpose of such meetings is to enlighten your mind, add to your skill set, and allow you to collaborate with your peers, it doesn’t hurt when the venue for your latest professional development opportunity doubles as a post-meeting vacation paradise.

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Let’s be honest, you’d rather go to a conference in a sunny, tropical, interesting, and/or exciting location rather than, say, Delaware (sorry Delaware…)

So file your delegate bag and tear-off that lanyard: We’ve got the first and best list of select general and specialty 2010 medical conferences with serious exotic locale potential (not that you’re there for anything but the sessions…)

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Supplemental Nurse Staffing Helps Everyone

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A recent study performed by the California Nurses Association found that having a reduced nurse to patient ratio decreased the mortality rates of patients and also helped to decrease the burnout rate of nurses. One of the ways California met the reduced patient ratio was by hiring nurses to supplement their regular staff from staffing agencies.

A recent study performed by the California Nurses Association found that having a reduced nurse to patient ratio decreased the mortality rates of patients and also helped to decrease the burnout rate of nurses.

One of the ways California met the reduced patient ratio was by hiring nurses to supplement their regular staff from staffing agencies. Continue reading “Supplemental Nurse Staffing Helps Everyone”

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Infographic: Medical Job Interview Questions and What they Really Mean

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Job prospects in the medical industry are rosier than perhaps anything but I.T. right now, but landing the job of your dreams isn’t a foregone conclusion.

To do so, you’ll have to stand out from the crowd and impress the powers-that-be at the institutions you’re interested in working at. That means mastering the art of the interview…and part of that means decoding what the interview questions really mean.

Look over our handy guide and you just might be doing yourself and the hospital you’re courting a favor …

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Should Doctors be Scientists? 10 Reasons Why

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With a science background, a doctor can question, experiment, and generate conclusions he or she might not have otherwise had the benefit of. Here are 10 discussions to consider when it comes to adding a scientific outlook to a days’ doctoring.

 

“Some doctors are scientists – just as some politicians are scientists – but most are not,” writes Richard Smith. The former British Medical Journal editor notes that such doctors’ exposure to science starts, and often ends, in med school.

A pity, since having and using a scientific background in daily clinical work could yield benefits for both doctor and patient.

With a science background, a doctor can question, experiment, and generate conclusions he or she might not have otherwise had the benefit of. Such benefits tend to turn clinicians into more curious people: “the kind of people who brush their teeth on only one side of their mouth to see whether brushing your teeth has any benefit,” as Smith puts it. Mixing science with medicine also tends to lead to innovation, career fulfillment, and breakthroughs in both fields.

With that in mind, here are 10 discussions to consider when it comes to adding a scientific outlook to a days’ doctoring: Continue reading “Should Doctors be Scientists? 10 Reasons Why”

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The Health Care Reform Act and the Donut Hole – What Does it Mean for Pharmacists?

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The Health Care Reform Act (HCRA) has been in the news a lot lately, and everyone is wondering what it will mean for them. Patients, healthcare providers, healthcare facilities, and even pharmacists are torn between being concerned and hopeful. Most of the media attention has focused on how this bill is going to help individuals or how much money it is going to cost to implement. However, not a lot of people are talking about the job growth and boost to the economy that could result from the Health Care Reform Act and its impact on the donut hole in Medicare.

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It sounds odd to speak of donut holes and Medicare in the same sentence, but these donut holes are not like the kind you would have with your morning coffee. In regards to Medicare, the term Donut Hole refers to a gap in coverage. Specifically, for our purposes, the gap in coverage for medication. Right now, the gap begins after a patient has purchased $2,380 worth of prescription medications. Continue reading “The Health Care Reform Act and the Donut Hole – What Does it Mean for Pharmacists?”

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