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Many Black and Minority Students Aren’t Properly Prepared for Medical School. I Was One of Them.

In an undergraduate introductory chemistry lecture at Stanford University, a friend and I, both Black freshmen who graduated near the top of our college-preparatory Catholic high schools’ classes, sat feeling unprepared for the presented material. “It’s like I missed the actual introduction before this class,” my friend said, processing the disillusionment of our first lecture.…

Historical Summary of the Physician Assistant

Historical Summary of the Physician Assistant

The position of physician assistant (PA) arose as a response to a dramatic rethinking of Americas medical delivery system in the 1960s, when the general public saw a critical shortage of trained and qualified physicians. In conjunction with new nurse midwife (CNM) and nurse practitioner (NP) designations, PAs helped to meet an increased demand for quality health care access.

Simulation Education

Nationwide Nursing Study Shows Simulation Education Works; Faculty Training Needed

A new award-winning study, The NCSBN National Simulation Study: a longitudinal, randomized, controlled study replacing clinical hours with simulation in prelicensure nursing education, offers strong evidence supporting the use of high-quality health care simulation as a substitute for up to 50% of traditional clinical time. The findings also reveal that a key factor in successful nursing education simulation programs is a dedicated team of educators who are well trained in the best practices of theory-based simulation and debriefing methods.

Physician Assistants Specialities

More PAs Choosing Specialties Over Primary Care

PAs have come a long way since the birth of the profession in 1965, when the very first PA class was taught at the Duke University Medical Center. Today, the profession is rapidly growing, and PAs are in demand more than ever. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 86,700 PAs practicing in the US, and the PA job market is expected to grow 38% by 2022. Originally meant to serve in primary care, the profession is now seeing a greater number of PAs choosing to hone their skills and branch off into medical specialties instead.

Medical School Costs

Prohibitive Costs of Medical School and Incurred Debt

Student debt is a concern in the US overall, with college costs increasing at a higher rate than inflation for decades now. The rate of tuition increase for medical schools has exceeded other areas of graduate education. Student loan indebtedness has risen right along with college costs, with the median debt at $170,000 for medical school graduates in 2012, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. They report that nearly 90% of medical students graduate in debt.

Vivien Thomas

The Unlikely Legacy of Vivien Thomas

The first Blalock-Taussig shunt (BT shunt) was performed at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1944. Used to promote blood flow in cyanotic newborns with congenital heart defects, this pioneering surgical treatment has since been used by surgeons around the globe to help thousands of blue babies. The procedure also propelled Johns Hopkins surgeon Alfred Blalock and pediatric cardiologist Helen Taussig into the surgical spotlight.

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