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ERAS Program Validated For Colorectal Surgery Patients

July 24, 2014 12:08 pm | by Cristina B. Geltzeiler, M.D., of Oregon Health and Science University, and Colleagues | News | Comments

The fundamental aspects of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs are guidelines that focus on education, fluid management, minimal incision length, decreased use of tubes and drains, opioid-sparing analgesia, early mobilization and eating after surgery.

Healthcare Reform Champions Kit

July 16, 2014 11:17 am | by PDI | Product Releases | Comments

PDI recently released its new Healthcare Reform Champions Kit. This kit is a digital educational...

TruInject Injector Training System

July 14, 2014 3:09 pm | by TruInject Medical Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

TruInject Injector Training System is an injector training system for aesthetic toxins and...

3D Printed Anatomy To Mark A New Era For Medical Training

July 14, 2014 9:40 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it...

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Stabilizing Shoulder Surgery Lowers NFL Players Recovery Time

July 10, 2014 6:35 am | News | Comments

A new study, discussed at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Annual Meeting detailed that return rates for NFL players is approximately 90 percent, regardless of which stabilization procedure (open vs. arthroscopic) was used.

Hand Hygiene Improves 3X When Auditors Are Present

July 9, 2014 7:50 am | Articles | Comments

The study examined the Hawthorne effect, also known as observation bias (the tendency of people to change their behavior when they are aware of an observer) using an electronic monitoring hand hygiene system in real-time. Ultrasound "tags" on soap dispensers transmitted a signal to a nearby receiver each time the levers were pushed, and a time-stamped hand hygiene wash was recorded.

AIDS Research Team Loses $1.38 Million After Faking Results

July 9, 2014 7:37 am | by David Pitt, AP | News | Comments

The team, which consists of 10 researchers, has sufficient funding to continue its work, but experts at federal agencies have stated that it can take two to five years to recover from the negative perceptions created by a misconduct incident. The team's lead researcher was not aware of faked lab work.

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Hospital Settles After "Brutal" ER Patient Search

July 8, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

The lawsuit, which carried a $1.1 million settlement, said the woman, a U.S. citizen, was "brutally" searched by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in December 2012 after being selected for additional screening at the Cordova Bridge in El Paso when a drug sniffing dog jumped on her.

Partial Knee Replacements Safer, But Require More Follow-Up

July 8, 2014 11:14 am | News | Comments

Because of the higher revision rate of partial knee replacement surgery, which is traditionally regarded as the most important factor to determine the choice of implant, its use in the treatment of end-stage osteoarthritis is controversial, with only about 7,000 being performed annually.

Simulator Focuses On Pre-Op Motor Skills

July 7, 2014 10:54 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Virtual surgery simulators are being used to help surgeons hone the motor skills they will need in an operating room. This new technology is changing the way doctors prepare for surgery...                           

No Practicing On Patients: New Docs Get Boot Camp

July 7, 2014 9:51 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers' bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking — for everyone involved...      

VR Training Module For Vaginal Cuff Closure Suturing

July 1, 2014 10:14 am | by Simbionix | Simbionix | Product Releases | Comments

Simbionix, a company committed to advancing clinical performance and optimizing procedural outcomes through education and collaboration, recently released their VR training module for Cuff Closure Suturing using unidirectional and bidirectional barbed sutures.

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Simulated Learning In Medical Education Improves Patient Care And Outcomes

May 20, 2014 11:16 am | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

The use of simulation techniques in medical education, such as lifelike mannequins and computer systems, results in improved patient care, better outcomes and other benefits, according to a study led by a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher...

How Should Residents Spend Their Time?

May 6, 2014 10:38 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

As everyone knows, residents are now restricted to working 80 hours per week. One of the lesser known side effects of this work hours limitation is the drastic loss of educational conference time. Since at least one third of the residents must now go home after morning rounds, afternoon conferences are no longer possible. Most residency programs now devote part of at least one morning per week to dedicated educational time...

Teaching (Or Lack Of It) In The Operating Room

April 24, 2014 10:33 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Blogs | Comments

I groaned.  "Don't make me operate with him again! I assisted him in surgery just last week!" I was low man on the totem pole and there was no point arguing. All of the residents and fellows kept track of the rotation and I knew it was, indeed, my turn. "What torture!" I whimpered as trudged off to the operating room...

AORN Foundation, Covidien Team To Offer New Tools For Emerging Nurse Leaders

April 16, 2014 4:55 pm | News | Comments

In a move aimed at giving nursing professionals the tools they need to address rapidly changing practices and cost structures, the AORN Foundation is teaming with Covidien on an initiative that will provide nurse leaders with a core set of financial and management tools to complement their clinical expertise...

The Exciting Potential Of Google Glass In Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 10:04 am | Articles | Comments

An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training. The authors of the study obtained a Glass device through Google's Explorer Program and have tested its applicability in their daily pediatric surgical practice...

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What Are The Prospects For Graduates Of Offshore Medical Schools?

April 12, 2014 11:16 pm | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

A year ago in a post about law school applications decreasing, I speculated about whether a similar phenomenon would occur with medical schools. In that post, I commented on the impending problem of too many medical school graduates and not enough residency training positions...

Doctors Should Be More Like...

April 8, 2014 10:15 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

Doctors are unique. None of us is perfect, but despite the occasional bad apple, most of us are doing the best we can for our patients under difficult circumstances...                 

Managing Surgical Plume: A Facility Wide Effort

March 27, 2014 4:53 pm | News | Comments

Buffalo Filter in conjunction with Pfiedler Enterprises will be sponsoring a new continuing nursing education activity, Connecting the Dots, Managing Surgical Plume: A Facility Wide Effort.  It is intended for perioperative registered nurses who are interested in learning more about the risks and remedies for surgical plume and who are attending the 2014 61st AORN Surgical Conference and Expo...

Should Medical School Be Shortened To Three Years?

March 21, 2014 9:44 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

I say, "No." Here's why. There is way too much to learn in three years. Unless medical education is radically changed, it will be impossible for students to memorize all the unnecessary stuff they still have to memorize, complete all their clerkships, and move onto the next phase—residency training...

Obama: More Federal Spending Needed To Train Doctors

February 27, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to approve spending more than $5 billion on medical training to turn out some 13,000 primary care providers over the next 10 years. Obama will include the proposal in the budget he sends to Congress next week. The new funding is aimed at training more doctors who can work in underserved areas, including rural communities...

We Are Training Physicians With An Eye Towards The Past

February 25, 2014 10:08 am | by Jon Coleman | Blogs | Comments

How do you ask a person to be the last person to go through an education system that is failing them?  Yet we’re doing just that. Every day tens of thousands of medical student wake up to an education, and an education system, that is failing them...

New Protocol Is Shown To Move Laparoscopic Surgeons To 'Expert Status' On da Vinci

February 12, 2014 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

Surgeons who follow a rigorous training protocol on a simulator have been found to have a significant advantage in performance on the da Vinci robot compared with those who do not use a simulator, says a new study at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey...

Expanding Surgical Residency Training Programs -- Good Idea?

January 20, 2014 11:29 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

I find it hard to believe that a hospital that has previously not had a residency program and has private practice surgeons who do nothing but operate can turn itself into a setting where surgical education is important...   

Some Medical Schools Shaving Off A Year Of Training

January 15, 2014 9:56 am | by Sandra G. Boodman | Articles | Comments

For Travis Hill, it was an offer too good to refuse. Last year when the 30-year-old neuroscientist was admitted to a new program at the NYU School of Medicine that would allow him to complete medical school in only three years and guarantee him a spot in its neurosurgery residency, he seized it. Not only would Hill save about $70,000, he would also shave a year off the training that will consume the next decade of his life...

Intellectual Doping: Stimulant Abuse In Medical Students

January 14, 2014 9:55 am | by Aimee Merino | Blogs | Comments

No one can deny that medical students today face an increasingly competitive environment with a strong focus on board scores and class grades as strong requirements for entrance into competitive specialties. Mirroring the trends in both primary and secondary school, a standardized test has become the yardstick by which all physicians-in-training are compared...

Why Graduate Medical Education Is Failing

December 23, 2013 9:04 am | by J. Russell Strader, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

When a doctor finishes medical school, he or she has been exposed to a lot of data, and has learned a few basic facts about how to be a physician. But the haven’t learned really how to work independently in a field of medicine. That takes the 3-10 extra years of training collectively known as GME to acquire that skill.  It is a skill that encompasses a lot of “non-data” abilities...

Collaboration Between And 1st MSMU To Integrate A Russian Developed Assessment System To Enhance Laparoscopic Training

December 11, 2013 3:34 pm | News | Comments

Simbionix USA Corporation, the world's leading provider of medical education and simulation training is pleased to announce having signed a collaboration agreement with I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, the leading national medical higher educational institution in the Russian Federation...

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