Physician wellness: A global collaboration
Researchers and physicians around the world are facing the same issue —keeping physicians healthy in a rapidly changing health care environment. Learn what one physician researcher from Mayo Medical School had to say about the need for a global collaboration to share approaches to physician, resident and medical student health and well-being.“Meeting with researchers from around the globe helps us get outside of our little box and think more broadly, get new ideas and approaches that we wouldn’t have thought about otherwise,” said Lotte Dyrbye, MD, professor of medicine at Mayo Medical School, who w...
Source: AMA Wire - August 9, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

A primary care model for the new Medicare payment system
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the open application period for physician practices to participate in a new, nationwide primary care payment model. Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) is a primary care medical home that could qualify physicians for the incentive payment for AdvancedAlternative Payment Model (APM) participants under the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) starting in 2019. In designing CPC+, CMS tried to build on physicians ’ experience with its predecessor medical home model and give participating practices better opportunities for succ...
Source: AMA Wire - August 8, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Medical school burnout: How to take care of yourself
The pressures of medical school can have a major impact on students ’ mental health and wellness. A group of medical students recently gathered to discuss these pressures and maintaining mental health during medical school. Learn what an expert had to say about taking care of yourself during medical school and how students are taking their own steps toward improvi ng their own mental health and wellness.“Doctors actually live pretty healthy lives,” Joshua Nathan, MD, said to medical students at the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting. “If you look at the mortality rates, we tend to live at least as long if not ...
Source: AMA Wire - August 8, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Changes to shore up small practices under new Medicare payment system
The final rule for the new Medicare payment system is expected by November, yet the draft rule issued in April has many physicians in small or rural practices concerned that proper considerations have not been taken to set them up for success.When Congress enacted the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), it recognized the unique challenges of small and rural practices and required that special consideration be given to these practice types. But, theproposed rule provides only limited flexibility for small and rural physicians, which may jeopardize their ability to successfully participate.The infamous &ldq...
Source: AMA Wire - August 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

AMA-SPS at the 2016 Interim Meeting
Join members of the Senior Physicians Section (AMA-SPS) at the 2016 Interim Meeting in Orlando from Nov. 12 to 15. The section is hosting a number of meetings for its members.Assembly Meeting: Saturday, Nov.12, from 11 a.m. to noon in Americas Seminar (Dolphin). Those present may introduce new items of business related to the section's mission and review items in the House of Delegates Handbook related to senior physician issues. A luncheon will be served at 11:30 am on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope you can join us and enjoy the fellowship of your senior physician colleagues. If you have questions about the mee...
Source: AMA Wire - August 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Med schools focus on quality improvement, patient safety
Improving quality and safety has been a focal point in medical education for more than a decade, but improvements have not been dramatic. Here ’s a look at how some medical schools are changing their curriculum—and cultures—to make greater strides through their work with the AMA’sAccelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium.Thinking about safety improvement and taking action in Georgia Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta this fall continues its project to create a standardized education in quality improvement and patient safety among its medical students, residents, fellows, facul...
Source: AMA Wire - August 4, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

A healthy environment makes healthier patients
Public health has always been a major concern for physicians, but continued pollution and energy overconsumption have caused many health and safety issues. As part of a green initiative based in Florida —and now used in 24 states and 14 countries—some physician practices are taking action to reduce their energy consumption to save money and promote a healthier environment for their patients—the public. My Green Doctor, developed through the collaboration of the World Medical Association, the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, is a free comprehensive environmental su...
Source: AMA Wire - August 3, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Measuring residents ’ moral courage
At the heart of being a physician is caring for those who can ’t care for themselves, so a healthy sense of moral courage is an important quality to nurture among physicians in training. New research has found a promising way to measure moral courage and pointed to differences based on gender, length in residency and religiousness. Interns and residents from two Northeastern academic medical centers were tested in 2013, when researchers employed a pioneering test that called on trainees to anonymously complete a survey about moral courage, empathy and speaking up about patient safety. For the purposes of this exper...
Source: AMA Wire - August 3, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Learn about Strategies for financial wellness: The basics
Join us for dinner, drinks and an exclusive opportunity to learn about strategies that will help promote your financial wellness. The dinner will take place Friday Sept. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hotel Sorrento in Seattle, Wash. The evening kick off this meeting with three short presentations covering: Navigating the employment contract process Preparing for your financial future Getting your financial questions answered Following the presentations, we will break into small groups to take a deeper dive into these topics. Get your questions answered by experienced financial professionals, attorneys and physicians who h...
Source: AMA Wire - August 3, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Register to attend the AMA-IMG Section Interim Meeting
Register today for the American Medical Association International Medical Graduates (IMG) Section Interim Meeting to be held Nov. 10-12 at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. Invite a colleague or friend to become involved in the AMA ’s policymaking meeting, participate in Section events and hone your leadership skills. All IMG Section meetings will be held at the Dolphin, including:The 14th annual AMA Research Symposium and reception: Friday Nov. 11, 1 –7:30 p.m. Hear educational sessions, oral research presentations and view abstracts by AMA-IMG Section ECFMG-certified candidates who are ...
Source: AMA Wire - August 3, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Participate in IMG Section Online Member Forum
The International Medical Graduates Section (IMGS) Online Member Forum will provide comments and testimony for resolutions being considered for the November Interim Meeting Aug. 31 – Sept. 7. Engage with the AMA-IMG Section by providing your comments for the resolutions. You can review the resolutions by visitingSurveyMonkey. After your review, select your choice of support or non-support for each resolution. Your comments are also welcome. Please note you will also be requested to approve the resolutions presented during the ratification period Sept. 12 –16.  (Source: AMA Wire)
Source: AMA Wire - August 3, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Neurosurgery makes pain management curricular breakthroughs
Leaders in neurosurgery have taken a hands-on approach to training residents with an eye toward filling knowledge and skill gaps —one such gap is pain management. Learn how they’re making strides in preparing residents for the board exam and more effective patient care. Neurosurgery “boot camps” were created in 2009 to help fill in some of the knowledge gaps in resident training. Neurosurgeons in training attend one boot camp at the start of internship and another before becoming a junior resident.“The boot camps … use extensive simulation labs with ICU crises where you have a mannequi...
Source: AMA Wire - August 2, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Challenge to medical liability law could complicate pre-suit process
A medical liability case, even if successful, can cause financial, emotional and reputational harm to a physician —and also to the patient who brings the suit. A 2013 amendment to the Florida Medical Liability Act, which requires the plaintiff to release relevant health information to determine whether a claim for medical liability is meritorious, is under threat in the Florida Supreme Court. At stake inWeaver v. Myers is whether the Florida Medical Malpractice Act, which requires the plaintiff to authorize the release of otherwise confidential health information as a condition of bringing a lawsuit for medical liab...
Source: AMA Wire - August 2, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Ethics in pathology: Images, the media and diagnosis
When Prince died in April, details of his death and autopsy slowly trickled into the public sphere, but isn ’t patient health information private? Examine this and other complex ethical questions that pathologists face in practice and how media and publicity can complicate these matters even more. TheAugust issue of theAMA Journal of Ethics ® considers neglected ethical issues in pathology practice, including shifts in social and cultural attitudes toward autopsy, cautions about the use of social media for sharing images, how to communicate about errors or pathology results and what the death of Prince tells us ...
Source: AMA Wire - August 1, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Making the pitch: How to take your innovations to market
Students and physicians often find they have a tech idea that could improve care, but how to ignite interest among financial backers is another thing altogether. Find out what venture capitalists and other funders have to say about making a pitch that will get your idea to market.Giving wings to your dreams Many innovations in medical technology, devices and software never take flight because their creators don ’t know how to present them, financiers said. They offered the dos and don’ts of making a pitch during a session at the2016 AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Omar Maniya, a Harvard Business School graduat...
Source: AMA Wire - August 1, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

AMA-WPS Women in Medicine Symposium
Register by September 19 to attend the first-ever American Medical Association Women Physicians Section (WPS) Women in Medicine Symposium. Held in conjunction with the AMA ’s Women in Medicine Month, this symposium will help attendees tackle priority issues that women physicians face in medicine today. This event features a tour of the AMA headquarters, dynamic presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions covering: Physician resiliency and burnout Women of impact: overcoming obstacles in daily practice Personal wellness break Participate in the AMA ’s national listening tour This event will ...
Source: AMA Wire - August 1, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Register for 14th Annual Research Symposium
Don ’t miss the opportunity to register for the AMA 14th Annual Research Symposium. Medical students, residents and ECFMG-certified candidates awaiting residency are invited to showcase their research.   The deadline to submit your abstracts is Wednesday, August 17th. Participants may submit abstracts in the following categories: Clinical Vignette Clinical Medicine Improving Health Outcomes (cardiovascular disease, diabetes) Register, submit your abstracts or obtain more information on theResearch Symposium web page. Judges are also needed to help mentor tomorrow ’s physicians.  Emailresearch...
Source: AMA Wire - August 1, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Strategies for financial wellness: The basics
Join us for dinner, drinks and an exclusive opportunity to learn about strategies that will help promote your financial wellness on Friday, Sept. 30 from 6-9 p.m. at the Hotel Sorrento in Seattle. We will kick off the evening with three short presentations covering: Navigating the employment contract process Preparing for your financial future Getting your financial questions answered Following the presentations, we will break into small groups to take a deeper dive into these topics. Get your questions answered by experienced financial professionals, attorneys and physicians who have real-world experience. The ev...
Source: AMA Wire - August 1, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Speak up about gaps in residency training
A new project, led by the AMA, will conduct informal meetings in-person and by phone with selected residents and fellows to understand their needs, challenges, training gaps and aspirations. The goal of the project is to develop or enhance resources and services to help during training.The discussion will take approximately 30 minutes. If you are interested, pleaseemail the Residents and Fellows Section with the day and time most convenient for you.    (Source: AMA Wire)
Source: AMA Wire - August 1, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

How deliberate mentorship can help med students
Mentorship can help medical students hone their clinical skills and improve their patient interactions, but mentors can also guide students through tough times both in school and their personal lives. Stanford has implemented a medical school mentorship program that builds a community atmosphere to support their students. Stanford University Medical Center in 2010 launched the Stanford Committee for Professional Satisfaction and Support to help physicians balance the increasing demands of practice environments. The guiding principle of the committee is that the professional fulfillment of clinicians is inextricably linked...
Source: AMA Wire - July 31, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

New model makes patient care more than face-to-face visits
Two things that physicians want for their patients are more stability and fewer visits to the emergency department. But often the services that are needed to do so are unbillable, and the resources are hard to find otherwise. A new care model for oncologists intends to solve this problem by providing the resources needed to closely manage patients ’ care in-between their face-to-face treatments to reduce complications. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) developed the patient-centered oncology payment model, an alternative payment model (APM) that focuses on two things: making sure the patient is take...
Source: AMA Wire - July 29, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Join a CDC, AMA webinar on Zika virus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the AMA will host a webinar to update clinicians on the current state of the Zika virus outbreak and the latest clinical guidance. The webinar will feature two experts from the CDC who will offer valuable information to help health care professionals diagnose and manage patients with possible Zika virus infection and explain the latest clinical guidance on preventing transmission: Susan Hills, MBBS, CDC medical epidemiologist, will present an update on the epidemiological and clinical aspects of the current outbreak. Kiran Perkins, MD, CDC medical office...
Source: AMA Wire - July 28, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Rethinking how physicians learn to prevent, manage chronic disease
As the number of patients with chronic conditions continues to climb, so do the rates of burnout among physicians. Fundamental changes to how physicians approach chronic care are taking shape in medical schools across the country —and these changes may improve the health and well-being of both patients and physicians. The growing burden of chronic disease Physician educators from nearly two dozen medical schools recently came together for an AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium meeting to hear from population health experts and learn about each other ’s efforts to enhance chronic disea...
Source: AMA Wire - July 27, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Supercharge career skills at the AMA Research Symposium
Each fall physicians in training have a chance to spotlight their research projects before leaders of the medical community. Find out how the AMA Research Symposium can boost your visibility, build your CV and expand your network. Last year ’s symposium winners also offer tips for competitors. Symposium participants compete for cash prizes and benefit from the chance to present their findings before experts in their fields. The symposium takes place Nov. 11-12 during the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. Build credibility, polish your CV Discussing your research ...
Source: AMA Wire - July 27, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

From hospital to home: A model for safer transitions
Patients with multiple chronic conditions, polypharmacy and unmet social needs are often at risk for serious drug therapy problems during the transition from hospital to home. A new model has made these transitions safer and decreased hospital admissions and emergency department visits for patients. Developed by the University of Tennessee in partnership with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, the SafeMed model uses a primary care-based team, which includes physicians, pharmacists, nurses and community health workers, to form a support network for high-risk and high-needs patients as they transition from the ho...
Source: AMA Wire - July 26, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Physicians, patients take active approach to diabetes fight-online
A new project underway is creating a roadmap for large health care organizations to partner with their patients to fight off type 2 diabetes when they are most at risk of developing the disease. The program spurs patients to make the necessary behavioral changes and gives care teams the data they need to keep their patients healthy. The project is a collaboration of the AMA, Omada Health , a digital behavioral medicine company, and Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, an industry leader in the adoption of innovative prevention care strategies to reduce costs while providing high-quality care. The group Tuesday announce...
Source: AMA Wire - July 26, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Physicians, patients take active approach diabetes fight-online
A new project underway is creating a roadmap for large health care organizations to partner with their patients to fight off type 2 diabetes when they are most at risk of developing the disease. The program spurs patients to make the necessary behavioral changes and gives care teams the data they need to keep their patients healthy. The project is a collaboration of the AMA, Omada Health , a digital behavioral medicine company, and Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, an industry leader in the adoption of innovative prevention care strategies to reduce costs while providing high-quality care. The group Tuesday announce...
Source: AMA Wire - July 26, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

3 ways to battle the “July effect” in teaching hospitals
Each summer new residents and faculty figure out the layout of large facilities and meet a host of new teammates and patients. They also struggle with efficiency, quality and patient safety during the dawn of the academic year. But there are ways to combat the legendary “July effect” that involve a more collaborative mindset among internal medicine trainees, attending physicians and faculty. A new report calls for novel strategies, some borrowed from aviation and other industries with a keen concern for safety, and all designed to boost teamwork, communications and effectiveness among the key players in the...
Source: AMA Wire - July 25, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

USMLE Step 2: This month ’s question to beat
Getting ready for the United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®) Step 2 is no easy feat, but we’re sharing expert insights to help give you a leg up. Take a look at the exclusive scoop on this month’s most-missed USMLE Step 2 test prep question. Think you have what it takes to rise above your peers? Test your USMLE knowledge, and view an expert v ideo explanation of the answer from Kaplan Medical. Once you ’ve got this question under your belt, be sure to test your knowledge with  other posts in this series . Ready. Set. Go. This month ’s question that stumped most st...
Source: AMA Wire - July 25, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Banning expert testimony from liability cases: Court decides
Can trial courts block physicians ’ expert witnesses from testifying in medical liability cases? One Wisconsin court recently did, leaving it to the court of appeals to decide whether a physician defendant has the right to present expert testimony that differs from that of the plaintiffs.   At stake in Bayer v. Dobbins was whether trial court had properly excluded expert testimony regarding injuries to a newborn that had resulted in complications in the birthing process. What happened in Wisconsin Leah Bayer was delivering her child under the care of Brian D. Dobbins, MD, when the progress of the deliver...
Source: AMA Wire - July 22, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Don ’t be stumped: This month’s USMLE Step 1 question
When it comes to taking exams, not all questions are created equal. If you ’re preparing for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1 exam, you need this exclusive scoop on one of the most commonly missed USMLE test prep questions. Find out what this month’s challenging question is, and view an expert video explanation of the answer from Kapla n Medical. Welcome to this month ’s installment of the  AMA Wire ® series, Tutor talk: Tips from Kaplan Medical on the most missed USMLE test prep questions from Kaplan’s Qbank: Step 1. Each month, we’re reveal...
Source: AMA Wire - July 22, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

DOJ, states side with patients and physicians-file to block insurance mergers
An AMA Viewpoints post by AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD Prospects for major health insurance consolidation took a major hit when the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and a number of states filed antitrust lawsuits Thursday to block both the Aetna, Inc.-Humana, Inc. and Anthem, Inc.-Cigna Corp. mergers. The DOJ asserted that the mergers would substantially lessen competition. When something comes up that could negatively affect our patients and the quality and affordability of the care they receive, physicians take the lead and engage policymakers. With the same drive that put us through late nights in med school...
Source: AMA Wire - July 21, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

3 useful changes to Meaningful Use
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed changes to the Meaningful Use program that are intended to relieve physician reporting burdens. Those changes include reducing the 2016 reporting period to 90 days. Based on feedback from the health care community, the proposed changes “better support physicians in providing beneficiaries with the right care at the right time,” CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said in a press release. These changes were detailed in the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule released last week. What changed? The AMA c...
Source: AMA Wire - July 20, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Tracking patients between visits: A new care model
As the health care system transitions to value-based care, new models of care will be a critical part of the new Medicare payment system. Learn how one physician is using a new model of care to track patients in between face-to-face visits in his practice. What patients and submarines have in common Imagine your patients, as you probably do every day, out in the world living their lives. You may wonder if their treatment is working, their medication is causing any side effects, their blood pressure is rising or any number of possibilities that could be percolating unknown—but you can’t find out until they c...
Source: AMA Wire - July 19, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

What ’s keeping PrEP under wraps
PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a safe and effective medication that can prevent at-risk patients from contracting HIV, yet the treatment is not widely known by physicians or the patient base that could benefit most from it. Learn what HIV experts say about the treatment and the obstacles to integrating it into primary care practice. Getting the word out PrEP reaches a small proportion of the Americans who could benefit from it, experts said at an education session by the AMA LGBT Advisory Committee during the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting . “What’s really interesting about it is a lot of people haven&rsqu...
Source: AMA Wire - July 19, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

What’s keeping PrEP under wraps
PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a safe and effective medication that can prevent at-risk patients from contracting HIV, yet the treatment is not widely known by physicians or the patient base that could benefit most from it. Learn what HIV experts say about the treatment and the obstacles to integrating it into primary care practice. Getting the word out PrEP reaches a small proportion of the Americans who could benefit from it, experts said at an education session by the AMA LGBT Advisory Committee during the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting. “What’s really interesting about it is a lot of people haven&rsqu...
Source: AMA Wire - July 19, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Later start date could ease transition to new Medicare system
Testifying before the U.S. Committee on Finance, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt made known concerns about physician readiness for implementation of the new Medicare payment system. Physicians already know the answer to that problem—a later start date and transition period. “We need to launch this program so that it begins on the right foot, and that means that every physician in the country needs to feel like they’re set up for success,” Slavitt said. “We remain open to multiple approaches. Some of the things … that we’re con...
Source: AMA Wire - July 18, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Social media: How to reap the benefits while avoiding the hazards
A tweet said the small-town hospital was deluged with suicidal patients that day, and the person who posted it appeared to show frustration with the endless hassle. The post could be seen as whiny, disrespectful and invasive of patient privacy—or supportive and compassionate, depending on how it was read. Thinking ahead This tweet illustrates the two edges of the social media sword—an opportunity to promote health care and a minefield that can scar a physician for years to come. How to navigate Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media to help your patients and foster your online image as a positi...
Source: AMA Wire - July 18, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

5 Nutrition Facts misconceptions that sabotage patient health
The fight against diabetes and heart disease also means fighting nutritional misunderstandings and offering sound advice to patients. A new video helps dispel common misconceptions about the Nutrition Facts label found on food packages and offers physicians guidance on how to educate their patients. Designed to help patients better understand what they are consuming and make more informed decisions about their daily diet, the Nutrition Facts label can be a powerful tool when used correctly. A new video from the AMA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers tips to get started using the label and describes ...
Source: AMA Wire - July 15, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Easing the burden: An end-of-life decision tool to help patients
Talking about and planning for end-of-life care can be difficult for patients and their families. Often these conversations occur too late or even not at all. Recently, Stanford University Department of Medicine developed a project that empowers patients to take the initiative to talk to their physician about what matters most to them at the end of their lives. Without end-of life decisions on file, a patient’s care decisions may be made by family members and the care team and not reflect what the patient actually wants. A new module from the AMA’s STEPS Forward™ collection of practice improvement initi...
Source: AMA Wire - July 15, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Network with academic colleagues Nov. 11 in Seattle
Academic physicians should plan to attend the 2016 AMA Academic Physicians Section (APS) Interim Meeting, Nov. 11 at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle. This event will be held prior to the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges, taking place Nov. 11-15. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. (with an optional new member orientation/update at 10 a.m.). Meeting registration is free of charge. Plan to attend this important event so that you can: Hear an update on the progress of the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium Play a role in developing AMA medical education policy by revi...
Source: AMA Wire - July 15, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

Keys to cultivating empathy in residency
With burnout on the rise and so many competing demands, cultivating a healthy sense of empathy can be a struggle. Dhruv Khullar, MD, a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and contributor to the New York Times Well blog, shared insights following a special AMA tweet chat. AMA Wire: How can a resident work to maintain pragmatic empathy over the long term? Dr. Khullar: We go into medicine to help others, and empathy is at the core of what we do as doctors. But as enriching and inspiring as medical training can be, it can also be demanding and overwhelming. Maintaining our empathy ...
Source: AMA Wire - July 14, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

HHS begins second phase of HIPAA audits
The second phase of audits for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations is underway. These audits provide an opportunity to get out ahead of problems that may exist before they result in breaches. Learn what you need to know about the process and the specific HIPAA provisions being reviewed. The 2016 phase 2 HIPAA audit program, conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), is a key part of OCR’s health information privacy, security and breach notification compliance activities. The audit program allows OCR to assess covere...
Source: AMA Wire - July 13, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Online database simplifies residency, fellowship search
The go-to online resource for finding residencies and fellowships is turning 20. Learn what users have to say about FREIDA Online®, the AMA Residency & Fellowship Database™, and how students can use it to make informed decisions about the next big step in their careers. Customizing the search FREIDA—Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access—provides custom searches of more than 10,000 residency and fellowship programs to help students and residents find a match. Users can search by geographic areas, specialties and keywords. They can review basic program data and training...
Source: AMA Wire - July 13, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

How faculty, students can improve care while saving money
Medical school faculty could do more to cultivate a new generation of physicians focused on containing health care costs, a new research report finds. It outlines the opportunities and obstacles on the road to greater cost consciousness. The ethical imperative Nine out of 10 students agree that physicians have a role in containing costs as well as limiting unnecessary tests and treatments for the sake of patients and society, according to a report in Academic Medicine. But it found that faculty and physicians must lead the way, modeling cost-conscious behavior and making clear it has a place in clinical practice. &ld...
Source: AMA Wire - July 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Court case examines telemedicine safety regulations
A case before a United States Court of Appeals could restrict a state medical board from protecting patient safety through the regulation of telemedicine in that state. At stake in Teladoc, Inc. v. Texas Medical Board is whether the Texas Medical Board has demonstrated immunity from federal antitrust laws.  The Court of Appeals is being asked to determine whether the Board may be held liable under the antitrust laws for its rule requiring a “defined physician-patient relationship to exist before a physician may prescribe dangerous or addictive medications. The necessary relationship is defined as established...
Source: AMA Wire - July 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

The physician ’s essential art of balancing emotion and logic
From patient to patient and from hospital to home, physicians have to toggle back and forth between the emotional and rational parts of their minds to be effective in both establishing a therapeutic relationship and logically determining the best course of treatment. But how do you find the appropriate balance? In a piece for the New York Times Well blog titled, “ Death and sandwiches , ” Dhruv Khullar, MD, a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, investigated a skill that physicians develop over the course of their training—toggling between the rational and emotional sides of...
Source: AMA Wire - July 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

The physician’s essential art of balancing emotion and logic
From patient to patient and from hospital to home, physicians have to toggle back and forth between the emotional and rational parts of their minds to be effective in both establishing a therapeutic relationship and logically determining the best course of treatment. But how do you find the appropriate balance? In a piece for the New York Times Well blog titled, “Death and sandwiches,” Dhruv Khullar, MD, a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, investigated a skill that physicians develop over the course of their training—toggling between the rational and emotional sides of thei...
Source: AMA Wire - July 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

How much do you know about carrier screening?
As prenatal genetic screening options expand, physicians face questions about which screening is best for individual patients. Test your knowledge about new expanded carrier screening and what role it can play in clinical practice. Casting a wider net Genomics is part of precision medicine, the science of crafting treatments to fit a patient’s particular genes, environment and lifestyle. Unlike traditional one-size-fits-all treatments, precision medicine tools enable clinicians to better understand a patient’s health and conditions, and better determine what treatments will be most effective for that partic...
Source: AMA Wire - July 11, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Inside peek: Test-driving clinical skills before rotations
The rising third-year student, tongue between his teeth, slowly drove his needle into a silicone pad meant to mimic human skin, then pulled his thread tight and started in again.     Steady hands and keen focus meant clean stitches at the suturing table, one of seven skills stations at the clinical skills workshop. Theodore Zaki sealed up the gash with a classic horizontal mattress suture, not unlike the stitches in a baseball, then straightened up and took a satisfied breath. “You want to do anything you can to avoid looking like an idiot on ...
Source: AMA Wire - July 11, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news