Medical Staff Updates

Recent advances in brain and spine imaging

by jmiller on May 12, 2015

Advanced MR imaging techniques have found extensive utility in the clinical practice of neuroradiology. A variety of these techniques are incorporated into imaging protocols for routine use, specific applications to particular disease entities, or as problem-solving tools on an ad hoc basis. This article summarizes and illustrates the spectrum of advanced MR imaging tools used clinically in the practice of neuroradiology.  (Radiol Clin N A, May)  Click here to read full-text.

What’s the evidence for evidence based medicine?

by jmiller on May 11, 2015

“What’s in a name?  The answer begins with the name, which physicians find both amusing and insulting, as if in the dark ages before EBM, physicians practiced without evidence.  EBM’s power comes in part, from branding. The art and alchemy of medicine reside not in evidence based guidelines, but in the mind and expertise of committed physicians.  The challenge for EBM is keeping the patient front and center while negotiating the vagaries of the evidence.”  (Maryland Medicine, May)  Click here to read full text.

Should patients stop taking aspirin for primary prevention?

by jmiller on April 10, 2015

“Based on the current available evidence, the US Food and Drug Administration recently issued a Consumer Update that does not support aspirin for primary prevention and warns patients about the risk of serious bleeding complications.  Moreover, current guidelines and consensus panels for aspirin in primary prevention differ from one another, making it challenging for clinicians to determine which patients would benefit. One message is clear in the most current clinical guidelines, namely, that routine use of aspirin for primary prevention is not recommended.”  (Cleve Clin J, April)  Click here to read full-text.

Sciatica

by jmiller on March 27, 2015

This review article (NEJM, March 25) provides an update on the anatomy of the sciatic nerve; symptoms and examination findings’ imaging and electrological testing; nonspinal causes; conservative treatment; surgical treatment caused by lumbar disk disease; surgical techniques; and  guidelines and systematic reviews.  Click here to read full text.

Buckley elected president of Maryland Medical State Society

by Medical Staff Office on February 2, 2015

Brooke Buckley, MD, of Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) has been named president of The Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi) for the 2015-2016 year. Dr. Buckley will be the third woman to serve in this position. >>More

New medical staff members

by Medical Staff Office on January 29, 2015

Please welcome the following physicians who have joined AAMC as medical staff members in the last few months:

  • Cara Abbondandolo, P.A.-C, Physicians Inpatient Care Specialists, LLC
  • Colleen Abell, C.R.N.P., AAMC FastCare at Bowie
  • Tabassum Ahmad, M.D., Virtual Radiologic Professionals
  • Delroy Anglin, M.D., Mid-Atlantic Permanent Medical Group
  • Alvaro Arango, P.A.-C., Physicians Inpatient Care Specialists, LLC
  • Hiruy Bishaw, M.D., Physicians Inpatient Care Specialists, LLC
  • Dana Bridges, C.R.N.P., AAMC FastCare at Bowie
  • Lee Anne Connell, M.D., Anesthesia Service, LLC
  • Hari Devkota, M.D., Physicians Inpatient Care Specialists, LLC
  • Suman Duvedi, M.D., Pediatric Place
  • Onyekachi Egwim, M.D., Physicians Inpatient Care Specialists, LLC
  • Megan Grossmiller, P.A.-C., Physicians Inpatient Care Specialists, LLC
  • Christian Hansen, M.D., Anne Arundel Pathology Services, LLC
  • Laurel Ansley Howe, C.N.M., Special Beginnings Birth & Womens Center
  • Gaurav Lakhanpal, M.D., Center for Vascular Medicine
  • Dmitry Liepinsh, M.D., Mid-Atlantic Permanent Medical Group
  • Miriam Martin, M.D., Fit for Life Medical Center
  • Mary Mayzel, C.N.M., Bay Area Midwifery
  • AbdulAhad Rehmatulla, M.D.,  – Physicians Inpatient Care Specialists, LLC
  • Briana Sanders, M.D.,  – Mid-Atlantic Permanent Medical Group
  • Barbara Semakula, M.D., – Joining Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, LLC
  • Sadia Shafi, M.D., – Annapolis Cardiology Consultants
  • Varun Takyar, M.D., Physicians Inpatient Care Specialists, LLC
  • Colleen Wallace, M.D., South River Pediatrics
  • Jennifer Wormuth, M.D., AAMG Acute Care Surgery

The rise of the medical scribe industry: implications for the advancement of electronic health record

by jmiller on January 16, 2015

Use of medical scribes – unlicensed individuals hired to enter information into the EHR under clinician supervision – has increased substantially.  This article addresses the risks engendered by the rise of a medical scribe industry and its potential for becoming integral to US health care delivery.  Despite scribes’ reported value, this industry should be viewed as what it is: a workaround or adaptation to the suboptimal state of today’s EHRs.  The use of scribes can pose potential risks to patients if they are allowed to enter orders into the EHR.  Further, it should not be a substitute for much-needed EHR innovation and transition to more highly effective and more functionally efficient EHR systems.  Click here to read full text.

Extending strict rest to 5 days from 1-2 days may not improve symptoms in children with mild concussion

by jmiller on January 16, 2015

In an early online (Jan 5th) article from Pediatrics, there may be no benefit to an extended period of strict rest for children after mild traumatic brain injury or concussin.  In fact, symptom reporting was increased in children who were recommended extended rest. Strict rest was defined as no school, work or physical activity followed by a stepwise return to normal activities. Children admitted to the hospital were excluded from the analysis.  Click here to read full text.

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