RSSArchive for May, 2013

Program addresses shortage of healthcare professionals in less developed countries

Program addresses shortage of healthcare professionals in less developed countries

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2013 – The Peace Corps today will begin accepting applications from healthcare professionals interested in serving as medical or nursing educators in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda as part of the Global Health Service Partnership program. Volunteers will serve one-year assignments starting July 2014 teaching clinical skills to medical and nursing students […]

Doctors Transform How They Practice Medicine

Doctors Transform How They Practice Medicine

Dr. Thomas Bellavia transformed his traditional medical practice in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., into a so-called medical home where patients are seen by teams of doctors and nurses.  He says it has paid off in better, more coordinated care for his patients and healthier income for the nurse practitioners and physicians in his group. Dr. Mark Holthouse took a […]

A conversation about digital literacy in medical education

A conversation about digital literacy in medical education

  A strong advocate for including digital literacy in medical education, self-described “geek medical futurist”Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD, believes that online communication tools, such as social media, can improve the way medicine is practiced and health care is delivered. His interest in technology and health care led him to create a university course focusing on bringing the […]

A shift toward improving patient safety in medical education

A shift toward improving patient safety in medical education

A shift toward improving patient safety in medical education David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health In recent months, I have been witness to a genuine groundswell of interest in improving the methods in which patient safety measures are taught, across the board, in medical education. In January, there […]

Tips for the MCAT

Tips for the MCAT

The MCAT is one of the most feared exams as an undergraduate medical student. Your score on this exam can ultimately decide your chances of being accepted into medical school. Unfortunately minority students tend to underperform on this exam.  I personally took the MCAT once. I had paid for a course to take over the […]

Scientists report first success in cloning human stem cells

Scientists report first success in cloning human stem cells

(TIME.com) — It’s been 17 years since Dolly the sheep was cloned from a mammary cell. And now scientists applied the same technique to make the first embryonic stem cell lines from human skin cells. Ever since Ian Wilmut, an unassuming embryologist working at the Roslin Institute just outside of Edinburgh stunned the world bycloning the […]

Government-Backed Group Calls for Universal HIV Testing of Adults

Government-Backed Group Calls for Universal HIV Testing of Adults

For the first time, a federally convened panel of experts is recommending HIV testing for all adults based on evidence that early detection of the virus could lead to more effective treatment of infection. Nearly 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV and about 5o,000 become newly infected with the virus every year, according to […]

New discovery may be step toward ending malaria

New discovery may be step toward ending malaria

Worldwide elimination of malaria would save hundreds of thousands of lives each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). But eradication remains elusive, because the parasite that causes the disease can evolve to withstand the effects of new malaria drugs and become drug-resistant. Researchers, however, now believe they have discovered a way to track […]

Boonshoft School of Medicine student selected president-elect of Student National Medical Association

Boonshoft School of Medicine student selected president-elect of Student National Medical Association

Second-year medical student Topaz Sampson, the 2013-2014 president-elect of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Topaz Sampson, a second-year medical student at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, has been selected the 2013-2014 president-elect of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the oldest and largest student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns […]

SLU SNMA students receive Leadership in Institutional Diversity Award

SLU SNMA students receive Leadership in Institutional Diversity Award

A group of 40 students are part of Saint Louis University’s Student National Medical Association chapter (SNMA), who are striving to reduce health disparities locally. This year, they received the Leadership in Institutional Diversity Award, a recognition given to a university for serving as an outstanding example of leadership and innovation in promoting and maintaining institutional diversity. […]