Medical schools have traditionally relied on undergraduate science grades and the MCAT to decide which applicants to interview. They based this approach in part on numerous studies that found good correlations between science G.P.A. and MCAT scores and subsequent medical school performance. But more recent studies have also revealed that MCAT scores are significantly influenced by a student’s race, gender, and socioeconomic background.
While diamond blade surgical knives are still preferred by top ophthalmologists over steel knives for precise cuts that dissect tissue instead of tearing it, particularly for cataract surgery, the downside is that they are very fragile and expensive. Breakage can occur during cleaning before sterilization even without human error. Improper cleaning of the blades can also lead to a clear material build-up.
Turkish doctors say they have detected the heartbeat of the world's first baby in a womb transplanted from a donor. Derya Sert was born without a womb and had one transplanted in August 2011. Using one of her own eggs, doctors placed an embryo into the 22 year old's womb in March.
A strategy offers financial incentives for healthcare providers to cut costs by keeping patients out of the hospital. New York Times economics correspondent Annie Lowrey explains how this is accomplished and whether or not this trend will continue in this video.
Peter Angelos, MD. PhD, is the Linda Kohler Anderson Professor of Surgery, chief of endocrine surgery, and associate director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Here he discusses how ethics will impact the future of surgery.
The video highlights trials and research concerning the introduction of haptic-enhanced minimally-invasive surgery techniques . This work that is discussed in this video was conducted by Cambridge R&D at Boston Children's Hospital.
A 9-year-old girl born without a windpipe becomes the first child in the world to receive a bio-artificial trachea made from her own stem cells. The surgery, which took place on April 9 here at Children’s Hospital of Illinois and will be formally announced Tuesday, is only the sixth of its kind and the first to be performed in the United States.
There’s no doubt that robotic surgery is increasing in popularity and prominence as hospitals and medical facilities are trying to leverage technological advancement to achieve better outcomes, improve safety, and reduce costs. However, there are still some questions as to how robotic surgery will develop and evolve in the coming years.
Surgical Products recently spoke with Chuck Dunn, president of Lumalier, about some non-traditional and next-generation methods of infection control being practiced in hospitals today. Lumalier makes Tru-D SmartUVC, a portable UV disinfection system.
Healthcare facilities need to build in all of the safeguards they can and work with device manufacturers to ensure that validated reprocessing IFU are clarified and well understood. The best way to stay on track is to select instruments that are easy and intuitive to use and assemble from a partner who will provide all of the service you require in working effectively with the latest advances in instrument design and functionality.
There is a growing sense in emerging and developing markets around the globe that minimally-invasive surgical techniques will become more prominent as time goes on, and that prominence is being driven by certain factors. Surgeons in markets such as China, Indonesia, and Brazil are recognizing this trend and acting accordingly.
We need to adapt and educate ourselves on how to combat, interrupt, and destroy healthcare-associated infections. HAIs are running rampant within the healthcare system. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are over 1.2 million infections a year with 100,000 deaths occurring.
What constitutes good or sufficient surgical lighting in today’s operating room is not the same as it was just a few short years ago. Advancements in technology and product development have sparked an ongoing evolution of lighting products. As a result, the needs, wants, and expectations of hospitals and medical facilities have grown and evolved as well.
Despite some challenges, MIS surgery is poised for sustained growth and development in emerging markets. Also in this issue, evaluating take-apart instruments for laparoscopic procedures is no easy task.
The American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) today announced the selection of the new members and officers of the 2013-14 board of directors, including the appointment of Mark Werner, MD, CPE, FACPE, as ACPE president and chairman of the board.