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Certification of UK doctors would improve quality of care
Certification of UK doctors would help to improve quality of care, say researchers in this week's BMJ. England's chief medical officer recently recommended certification of doctors to strengthen professional regulation. Specialist certification is a well established process in the United States that allows doctors to demonstrate achievements and competencies beyond the minimum acceptable standards required for licensing purposes. Certified status must be renewed every six to 10 years.
Aug 25, 2006, 19:45
Exam nerves affects students' immune defence
It is hardly surprising that one of the medical programmes most important exams is stressful for students. However, research now shows that this mental stress also affects the students' immune defence systems, particularly amongst those suffering from allergies.
Aug 19, 2006, 17:30
Jefferson Acquires Wills Eye Residency Programs
Wills Eye Hospital of Philadelphia will transfer responsibility for its inpatient and ophthalmology residency programs to its longstanding partners, Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, effective July 1, 2006.
Jul 15, 2006, 19:21
Work permit rule hits Indian doctors in Britain
Panic has set in among thousands of doctors from the Indian subcontinent after new rules that came into effect made work permits mandatory for non-European Union doctors to work in the National Health Service (NHS).
Apr 5, 2006, 13:33
JIPMER Pondicherry set for revamp
The Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Pondicherry is all set for an upgrade, with Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss laying foundation stones for four new units Sunday.
Feb 13, 2006, 05:14
Factors in religious sensitivity for medical students
Can sensitivity to the role religion plays in a patient's life positively affect physician bedside manner and care of the patient? Yes, for female physicians in training; no, for male physicians in training, according to a research letter published in the December issue of the Southern Medical Journal. "Research has shown that patients want their physicians to be aware of their religious beliefs, values, and needs and to discuss religious issues with them, especially if they are preparing for death. At the same time, studies have documented physician avoidance of religious discussions due to discomfort and lack of training," said senior author Douglas Miller, M.D., professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. "Other research suggests that medical students exposed to religion during medical training display more empathy and positive attitudes toward religion in the clinic.
Dec 15, 2005, 16:21
AMA Sets Out Strategy To Get More Doctors Working in Rural and Regional Australia
AMA President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, warned today that country Australians are experiencing a severe inequity of access to medical services that could last generations unless urgent concerted coordinated action is taken to address the rural medical workforce crisis. Releasing the AMA Position Statement on Regional/Rural Workforce Initiatives in Sydney, Dr Haikerwal said training a medical workforce with the necessary skills and the desire and motivation to work in country practice will take time and significant resources and incentives.
Nov 26, 2005, 16:29
Major Increase in U.S. Medical School Enrollment
U.S. medical schools are seeing a significant upsurge in enrollment levels and applicants, according to new data released today by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges). The 2005-2006 entering class is the largest on record, with more than 17,000 first-time enrollees in the nation's 125 medical schools, a 2.1 percent increase over the 2004 total of 16,648 students.
Oct 26, 2005, 23:50
Birrell Report Reflects AMA Recommendations on OTD Assessment
AMA President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, said today the AMA welcomes the latest report by Professor Bob Birrell, Director of the Centre for Population and Urban Research, into overseas trained doctors (OTDs) as an honest and intelligent appraisal of existing OTD assessment processes in Australia.
Sep 29, 2005, 21:10
Low numbers of state school students enter medical school
The extra funding English medical schools will receive from top-up fees should be used to widen access to the profession, the BMA said on Thursday 22 September, 2005 as new figures show that the proportion of medical students from state schools is far lower than the national average.
Sep 24, 2005, 20:27
Renewed interest in young physicians to pursue research careers
Recent initiatives appear to have created renewed interest for young physicians to pursue research careers, according to a study in the September 21 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on medical research.
Sep 23, 2005, 15:19
States Must Increase Advanced Surgical Training (AST) Places
AMA President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, said today that the State Government Health Departments must increase the number of Advanced Surgical Training (AST) places they are offering this year and improve access to surgeons downstream - or risk a training bottleneck that will compound the already dire medical workforce shortages hitting Australian communities.
Sep 14, 2005, 01:57
Women doctors and their careers: what now?
Despite a record number of female medical students, medicine remains a white male dominated profession – but its days as such are numbered, says a paper in this week’s BMJ.
Sep 10, 2005, 00:10
Number Of Students In U.S. Medical Schools Remains Constant
The enrollment at U.S. medical schools has changed very little over the last 10 years, according to an article in the September 7 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on medical education.
Sep 9, 2005, 15:39
Record Number Of Trainee Residents And Fellows In US
There are more than 100,000 physicians-in-training in the U.S., the highest recorded amount, according to an article in this issue of JAMA.
Sep 9, 2005, 15:36
Foundation Trust Network reaches historic agreement with Royal Colleges
The Foundation Trust Network, which represents all 32 NHS foundation trusts, has signed a concordat with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to enable the two organisations to work together on the appointment of consultant medical staff.
Sep 8, 2005, 01:12
On Call Induced Intoxication in Junior Doctors - Research
A new reserarch article published in this week’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association studied the effects of heavy call rotation and long hours resident doctors neurobehavioral performance. The finding are comparable to the impairment associated with a 0.04 to 0.05 grams percent blood alcohol concentration during a light call rotation. This amount is similar to having a 12 oz can of reduced alcohol beer every hour*.
Sep 7, 2005, 18:59
Royal College of General Practitioners announces GP certification unit
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has announced it is setting up a new certification unit to process applications for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) from GP trainees. The unit will go live on the 1st of October 2005. The certification unit will be part of the RCGP’s Postgraduate Training Committee (PTC).
Sep 2, 2005, 02:13
Second Counseling Breakthrough for All India Medical PG Seats
Supreme Court of India today accepted the suggestion given by Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Medical Council of India (MCI) that 405 candidates would be called for an additional round of counselling for the first time in time in the history of All India Quota Post-graduate Medical Examination (AIPGE).
Apr 15, 2005, 19:10
Stop Passing the Buck on Surgical Training
AMA President, Dr Bill Glasson, said that State and Territory Government's needed to take the issue of surgical training more seriously, otherwise recent efforts to increase surgical training numbers would be wasted.
Apr 11, 2005, 20:32
Virtual Celebration Encourages Exploration of Genomic Careers
On April 25, high school students across the country will celebrate National DNA Day by tuning in to webcasts featuring cutting-edge genomic research and taking part in a live online discussion with researchers from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Apr 8, 2005, 03:59
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis ranked 3rd in U.S.
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is rated the third best medical school in the nation, according to this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate and professional programs released April 1.
Apr 6, 2005, 16:45
New Junior Doctor Training Curriculum Launched
A groundbreaking change in postgraduate medical training begins today with the publication of a new curriculum for junior doctors, part of the Modernising Medical Careers programme.
Apr 5, 2005, 13:40
JCHMT assessment tools are now available
Assessment of the performance of doctors has become an important issue as a result of high profile cases and the redesign of medical training. Following the launch of the new competency based curricula, the Joint Committee on Higher Medical Training of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK developed three methods of measuring the clinical skills and personal behaviours of SpRs across 30 specialties and sub-specialties.
Mar 24, 2005, 17:55
Indian Health Minister Visits AIPGE Counseling Center
The Union Health & Family Welfare Minister, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss today made an impromptu visit to the PG Counseling Centre for medical students in the Central Health Education Bureau in New Delhi today.
Mar 24, 2005, 17:36
EEA Doctors to face Pre-Registration Identity Checks in UK
From 1 April 2005 the General Medical Council will be introducing pre-registration identity checks for all doctors who are EEA or Swiss nationals and for doctors who are exercising an EC right.
Mar 18, 2005, 16:24
Surgical Training in UK seriously compromised by EWTD
The findings of a survey of trainee surgeons carried out by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSEng), in collaboration with sister surgical Royal Colleges, the Association of Surgeons in Training (AsiT) and the British Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association (BOTA) to find out the effect the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) has had on their training, their care of patients and the quality of their own lives reveals that the introduction of the European Working Time Directive has seriously compromised surgical training. The implementation of shorter hours has meant that training time in the operating theatre and contact with surgeon trainers have both diminished significantly.
Feb 25, 2005, 17:15
Supreme Court of India sought information about numbers of All India Medical Post Graduate (PG) Seats
A Bench comprising Justice Y K Sabharwal and Justice P P Naolekar issued an order to direct the Chief Secretaries of the States and Union Territories to give details to Directorate General of Health Services by February 25. Supreme Court also posted the matter for next hearing on February 28, 2005.
Feb 22, 2005, 20:14
Shortfall predicted in number of surgeons in UK
The NHS Plan, launched in July 2000, promised 7500 more consultants in England by 2004; an additional 1000 specialist registrars by 2004; and an increase of 1000 medical students across the UK by 2002. So far, the only target that has been met is the expansion of medical students. Whilst additional training posts have been offered, not all can be taken up due to lack of central resources and service pressures in hospitals. The Royal College of Surgeons insists that new training opportunities are able to deliver training of the required standard.
Feb 20, 2005, 23:03
Overseas doctors are finding it difficult to get jobs in UK
In the terms of short term prospects, PLAB is currently easy and cheaper to pass but jobs are difficult. In my personal opinion feel passing PLAB in itself opens up a lot of vistas. Indians are a funny lot in this country. Once on the other side of the fence they try and prevent people coming into UK by misinformation.
Feb 20, 2005, 20:29