Medical Staff Updates

Surgeons for Smiles

by Medical Staff Office on May 1, 2014

The year was 1997 when Edward Zebovitz, DDS, first learned about the crucial need for medical and dental care in developing regions of the world such as the Philippines, Caribbean, East Africa, and Bangladesh.

“A colleague of my father’s was doing mission trips, and I knew I had to get involved,” says the oral and maxillofacial surgeon with a practice based in Bowie. The non-profit organization Surgeons for Smiles was born.

Seventeen years later, Dr. Zebovitz and his team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and support staff have completed their 34th mission trip. This time they went to Sorsogon, a province on the island of Luzon in the Philippines where genetic facial deformities like cleft lip and cleft palate are common. The team performed 50 cleft lip and palate surgeries on children in just five days.

“The conditions are horrible,” Dr. Zebovitz says of the places he travels. “People’s basic needs, like shelter and food, aren’t always met. It is very sad to see.” They rely on donations to fund the missions. Whatever is not donated, Dr. Zebovitz personally finances.

This spring, Dr. Zebovitz, who is married to OB-GYN Coryse Brathwaite, MD, and has four children ages 18, 20, 21, and 22, will go on another trip. This time, they will go to East Africa. “I hope to one day retire to Surgeons for Smiles,” says Dr. Zebovitz. Learn more at SurgeonsforSmiles.org.

Obstetric care consensus: safe prevention of the primary Cesarean delivery

by jmiller on April 24, 2014

The rapid increase in cesarean birth rates from 1996 to 2011 without clear evidence of concomitant decreases in materna or neonatal morbidity or mortality raises significant concern that cesarean delivery is overused.  Changing the local culture and attitudes of obstetric care providers regarding the issues involved in cesarean delivery reduction will also be challenging   This article reviews the indications for primary cesarean and how to mange abnormally progressing labor.  (Obstet Gynecol Mar)  Click here to view full-text.

The guidelines battle on starting statins

by jmiller on April 24, 2014

This “Clinical Decision Making”  article explores understanding the cardiovascular diesease risk functions – Aim, development, and evaluation – through a case vignette on whether to begin ..or not begin statis therapy and when to monitor, or not monitor LDL cholesterol.  The article takes the reader through 3 treatment options based on the new guidelines.  (NEJM, April 24)   Click here to read full text.

Safety and feasibility of a diagnostic algorithm combining clinical probability, d-Dimer testing, and ultrasonography for suspected upper extremity deep venous thrombosis

by jmiller on April 24, 2014

Article concludes: The combination of a clinical decision score, D-dimer testing, and ultrasonography can safely and effectively esclude upper extremity deep vein thrombosis.  (Ann Intern Med, April)Click here  to read full-text.

UpToDate Mobile (Free) and NEW INTRANET Remote Access Now Available to AAMC Medical and Hospital Staff

by jmiller on April 10, 2014

UpTodate is now available REMOTELY through the Intranet..and also through FREE mobile app to ALL medical and hospital staff.  Easy access to UpToDate by logging in from any computer with an Internet connection.  Free UpToDate Mobile app for most leading devices.  Free continuing education credits when you research a clinical question using UTD onsite or remotely – including your mobile device.  Questions: call or email Joyce Miller, jmiller@aahs.org, ext 4877.  To read more about how to access remotely and obtain the app, click here. Read the rest of this entry »

Doctors’ Day is March 26: Join us for a celebration in your honor

by Medical Staff Office on March 25, 2014

Members of the medical staff are invited to celebrate with friends and colleagues in the Hospital Pavilion South Medical Staff Lounge on Wednesday, March 26, from 11am to 2pm. Stop by and enjoy a gourmet lunch buffet. Can’t stay? Lunch to go will be available. We look forward to having you join us for this celebration in your honor. Find Deip’s fabulous menu here.

  • Deip’s Famous Pho Soup
  • Deip’s Favorite Egg Rolls
  • Assorted Fruit
  • Assorted Sushi
  • Strawberry Spinach Salad
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Poached Salmon
  • Couscous Salad
  • Gourmet Pizzas
  • Assorted Desserts

ICD-10 update: Ensuring a smooth transition

by Medical Staff Office on March 25, 2014

AAMC is actively preparing for this transition through comprehensive testing and training. We are completing readiness testing in Alec, our electronic medical record, and other systems. In addition, we are providing training opportunities for all of those affected by this transition especially medical staff. Find an update here.

Medical staff members, special thanks for all you do

by Medical Staff Office on March 25, 2014

On behalf of Anne Arundel Medical Center, in honor of National Doctor’s Day, I want to thank you for your commitment to our patients each and every day and the important contribution you make to improving health in our community. I hope you were able to make it to the physician lounge in Hospital Pavilion South today to enjoy the gourmet catered lunch. In addition, the AAMC Foundation thanks these physicians from our Medical Staff whose efforts have helped to secure community philanthropic support to advance healthcare.

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