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NIDDK Funding Opportunity to attend the NMA’s Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in conjunction with the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Medical Association (NMA) are pleased to announce the 2011 NIH-NMA Travel Awards Program. The program provides an opportunity for selected residents and fellows who are interested in careers in academic medicine to attend the 109th NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly. This year’s Convention will take place at the Walter E. Washington National Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from July 23 to July 27, 2011.

Air Force, Army and Navy Health Professions Scholarships

Air Force, Army and Navy Health Professions Scholarships are available.

What Medical Students Should Know About Fatigue, Patient Safety and Resident Wellness

No question about it—becoming a doctor has always been arduous. It takes years of mentally and physically demanding training to learn the science and art of medicine. But a growing body of scientific evidence now points to the link between the extremely long hours that many resident physicians are required to work and an increased risk of preventable medical errors.

Minority Attrition and Burnout Among US Medical Students

It has been well documented that an ethnically/racially diverse physician workforce is essential in eliminating health disparities which currently exist in this nation. To that end, entities like the Student National Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges have advocated and encouraged medical schools to increase the number of underrepresented minorities (URMs) within each entering medical school class. Additionally there has been a call for an increase in the absolute number of physicians needed to address the healthcare needs of the US population. Attrition rates, specifically among URMs, are of particular concern as this directly impacts the racial/ethnic makeup of the physician workforce. An increase in class size and the formation of new medical schools necessitates adequate support for all students academically, personally, and with regards to other life stressors. However, in the absence of such support, students are more likely to experience burnout or high emotional exhaustion, and consequently increase the rates of attrition.

The 2010 Academic Needs Assessment

This year was very unique in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). It marked the first time in recent history that our members were granted the opportunity to provide feedback on programming. With the help of its programmatic committees (Academic Affairs, Community Service, Diversity Research, Health Policy and Legislative Affairs, International Affairs, and Publications), the SNMA is able to provide a number of tools, opportunities, and events.

New Insight on Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers: CUR Releases Update to Classic Text on Advising Undergraduate Researchers

During President Obama’s State of the Union Address, he emphasized the importance of education and its role in the competitiveness and growth of this country. This week the Council on Undergraduate Research is releasing “How to Mentor Undergraduate Researchers,” which highlights the importance of guiding the independent thinking, managing skills and academic and occupational futures of students, along with suggestions on how higher education faculty can do so.

Maternal Influenza Vaccination may be associated with Flu Protection in Infants

Babies whose mothers who receive influenza vaccines while pregnant appear less likely to be infected with flu or hospitalized for respiratory illnesses in their first six months of life, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the February 2011 print issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Students Learn to Shop Healthy, Smart on Supermarket Tours

For many students away from home for the first time, college marks the first time they begin shopping, cooking and eating for themselves. Figuring out how to prepare quick yet healthy meals on a budget can be a daunting task, and the allure of fast take-out food often leads to the dreaded “Freshman Fifteen.”

Stress: Brain and Body

Every day, you probably face a number of stressors: a paper to write, an exam to study for, a difficult situation at work or at home. So you are no stranger to the headaches, sweaty hands, and queasy stomach feelings associated with stress. However, the body’s response to stress, like many other emotional and physical responses, is governed by its innate drive to protect itself in the face of an external threat.

Medicine, Spirituality, and the Med Student: How a Spiritual Outlook Can Support Mental Wellness in Medical School

Medicine, Spirituality, and the Med Student: How a Spiritual Outlook Can Support Mental Wellness in Medical School

Medicine and religion have a shared history. In many ancient cultures, the leading religious figure was also the man of medicine. As medicine began to evolve into more of a science, the two fields became more disparate. More recently, however, religion has begun to converge with medicine once again through strengthening the focus on spirituality in medicine.