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Looking At Medical Schools From A Different Perspective
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

At first glance, you don't quite believe it when you read the findings of a recent Annals of Internal Medicine study that examined U.S. medical schools for their collective social consciousness: namely, that some of the nation's most prestigious medical schools—Johns Hopkins University, Stanford, Duke, Texas A&M, and Columbia, to name a few—are ranked near the bottom in terms of graduating physicians who continue to work in primary care, or work in underserved areas, or are underrepresented minorities. [Read More]

  June 24, 2010

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Make Exit Interviews Valuable for a Hospital & Graduating Residents
A two-way street: As the academic year draws to a close, many residency programs are conducting their final exit interviews, and to be most effective program directors and other exit interviewers must remember that not only do you provide trainees with valuable feedback, but you also gain insights for program improvement. [Read More]
Primary Care Docs See Slight Pay Hike in 2009
Primary care physicians saw a 2.8% increase in their median compensation in 2009, according to a Medical Group Management Association study. The Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data found that while most specialists continued to receive higher overall compensation than their primary care counterparts, some specialists reported flat or falling compensation. [Read More]
Physicians Turn to Online Communications
Physicians who want to communicate more easily with their patients are turning to online solutions. In New Jersey, where several disparate hospitals use their own EMR systems, some are collaborating to help physicians and patients communicate more effectively. [Read More]
Business Rx
'Doc Fix' Vote Contains Unwelcome News for Hospitals
After weeks of debate, the Senate finally agreed in a unanimous voice vote Friday to postpone a 21% decrease in Medicare and TRICARE physician reimbursements through a six-month period ending Nov. 30. But the vote comes with an unpleasant tradeoff for hospitals. [Read More]

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