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  • What Kind of Physician Will You Be? How Variation in Health Care Impacts Your Training

    By Anita Arora, MD Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth’s Class of 2012, and Alicia True, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth’s Class of 2015

    When fourth-year medical students choose which residency programs to rank highly in the Residency Match, various factors play an important role: a hospital’s reputation, the training curriculum, and the student’s own geographical and lifestyle preferences. But there’s something else America’s next wave of doctors should consider: the differences in care provided by even the most elite teaching hospitals, and how these differences affect the way we will practice medicine.

    During residency training, we learn by observing faculty who make decisions regarding how to treat chronically ill patients or whether to recommend elective surgeries. A new report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project, which examined the care provided by 23 top academic medical centers, found considerable variation in both the intensity of care provided to chronically ill patients at the end of life as well as the frequency with which patients undergo surgery when other treatment options are available. It also showed that quality, safety, and patient experience ratings did not increase with increased intensity of care. These variations in the way care is delivered are not ...

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  • I'm back!

    Andrea Knittel
    AMSA Member
    7th Year MSTP/M3
    University of Michigan

    Post #8 of the  "Back to the Wards" series focusing on the transition from research years back to the medical school and clinical rotations.

    Yesterday marked the start of my outpatient pediatrics rotation, the first of my third year of medical school, and the end of this series of posts on my transition from doctoral work in the School of Public Health to my third year clerkships. As I interacted with my M3 colleagues during general orientation last week, and pediatrics orientation yesterday morning, I was struck by the overall high level of anxiety. In spite of my perception that everyone (except maybe the other returning MD/PhD students) should be calmer than me because of their more recent completion of things like clinical competency assessments and Step 1 of the USMLE, all of us were talking nervously about seeing real patients, presenting histories and physicals in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Many of us noted with some trepidation that we don’t do any pediatric exams during our first two years of medical school. While I still believe that many of my colleagues were much more prepared than they believed themselves to be, orientation was nonetheless an important reminder that no matter how large or small the ...

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  • Applications Now Being Accepted for ERF

    By Carol Williams-Nickelson, PsyD
    AMSA Executive Director
    We at AMSA are excited to announce the application process for the 2011-2012 Education & Research Fellow (ERF), a unique position for a medical student to spend a year augmenting their formal medical training with the opportunity to delve deeply into select issues affecting the quality and content in medical education.

    AMSA’s Fellowship Program is an intensive one-year long educational immersion experience. Fellows completing this program will be uniquely situated to deal with the challenges of a complex healthcare system and reform their profession through education and advocacy.

    The ERF will serve multiple roles at the AMSA National Office, working closely with staff and national leaders to enhance educational programming initiatives throughout the organization. The successful candidate will contribute to the strategic direction of AMSA in many ways, including holding primary responsibility for AMSA’s research initiatives, developing high-quality programming for AMSA Conferences, mentoring and assisting in the management of the AMSA Intern Program and designing a successful array of external educational programming with the goal of developing knowledge and skills in areas that are not traditionally included in medical school curricula.

    I promise an exciting year! But don’t just take my word – ...

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  • Easy, Exciting Engagement

    By Ben Goold
    AMSA Vice President of Programming Development

    Every year, a crowd of new premedical and medical students head to school, unsure of what they'll find when they get there. Everyone is in a new environment. Incoming freshmen in college and incoming first years in medical school are trying to figure out where they fit.

    AMSA is a place where diversity matters, where people who care about social justice and medicine come together. We find meaning in our shared struggle as students. We all want to see a better world than the one we live in now. And we refuse to wait until we have an MD/DO behind our names to start working towards that better world.

    If you want to empower the students around you to make a better world, then you're in luck. AMSA's national leaders have done something extraordinary this year--they have put together all their passions into one place. Every chapter officer searching for a program, every student looking for a way to get involved in making a better world can find a current, ready-to-use program online, at AMSA's E3 page.

    E3 stands for Easy, Exciting, Engagement Programming. Each program listed there is designed ...

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