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JAMA: Pharmaceutical Industry-Sponsored Meals and Physician Prescribing Patterns for Medicare Beneficiaries

by jmiller on July 5, 2016

(JAMA Intern Med, June 20) The article concludes: “Receipt of industry-sponsored meals was associated with an increased rate of prescribing the brand-name medication that was being promoted. The findings represent an association, not a cause-and-effect relationship.” Click here learn more

The Shadow Doctors: The Underground Race to Spread Medical Knowledge as the Syrian Regime Erases It

by jmiller on June 27, 2016

“In the past five years, the Syrian government has assassinated, bombed, and tortured to death almost seven hundred medical personnel, according to Physicians for Human Rights, an organization that documents attacks on medical care in war zones.”  A United Nations … learn more

Zika Virus Update

by Medical Staff Office on June 23, 2016

An update from Mary Clance, MD, hospital epidemiologist: It has now been six months since the epidemic of Zika virus in South America came to the attention of U.S. public health authorities. During that time, the transmission zone has expanded … learn more

AAMC Hosts First-Ever Virtual Grand Rounds

by Medical Staff Office on June 23, 2016

The James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning (SAIL) Center recently hosted a first-of-its-kind virtual grand rounds based on simulation and surgical education and research. Adrian Park, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery, kicked off … learn more

From JAMA Surgery: “Revisiting nursing’s effect on surgical quality and cost” and “Comparison of the value of nursing work environments in hospitals across different levels of patient risk”

by jmiller on June 22, 2016

When nursing is the focus of a major medical journal, it deserves considerable attention, particularly coming from this month’s JAMA Surgery.  The article concludes: “Hospitals with better nursing environments and above-average staffing levels were associated with better value (lower mortality … learn more

Adaptation of Airline Crew Resource Management Principles to Dentistry

by jmiller on June 2, 2016

AAMC recently hosted its first-ever “Virtual Grand Rounds” at the James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning (SAIL) Center. Guest speaker Mark Pinsky, a dentist, international airline captain and aviation expert, discussed how surgeons can apply … learn more

Medical Error: The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

by jmiller on May 5, 2016

In the news, (BMJ, May 3) .  The article explains that the 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM report is limited and outdated.  The results were contested by Leape in 1993, a chief  investigator of the 1984 Harvard study which published … learn more

Which oral anticoagulant for atrial fibrillation?

by jmiller on April 21, 2016

Direct-to-consumer advertisements continue to urge patients who take warfarin for atrial fibrillation to ask their doctors about the benefits of one or another of the newer anticoagulants.  This review  (Medical Letter, April 11) addresses the efficacy, bleeding and … learn more

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