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Neeraj Nagpal
Physicians and Internists in India have tended to brush under the carpet legal issues affecting their profession. Of concern to all Physicians is the judgment in a recent case where the NCDRC has stated that if MD Medicine Physicians write Physician & Cardiologist on their letterhead it is Quackery. What is MD Medicine degree holder in India qualified and trained to treat ? These are issues which need debate and that can only be initiated once we recognize that there is a problem. Either an MD Medicine is a cardiologist or he is not...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Philip J McElnay, Ciara McGoldrick, Andrew J Beamish, Christopher Hoo, Vimal J Gokani, Rhiannon L Harries
The General Medical Council (GMC) has conducted a consultation process on its proposals for "credentialing" in postgraduate medical practice in the UK. It has been suggested that these may be used to provide formal accreditation of a doctor's competency in a certain area of practice. There are 5 main issues being consulted upon: (a) the time point in a doctor's career at which credentialing should be undertaken, (b) the scope of practice that should be included in credentials and whether this should include any competency already accredited by a Certificate of Completion of Training, (c) the funding source for the credentialing process, (d) the bodies that are entitled to award a credential, and (e) who exactly should be eligible for a credential...
September 21, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Eleonora F Bianchi, Mimi R Bhattacharyya, Richard Meakin
OBJECTIVE: To explore the views of senior doctors on mental illness within the medical profession. BACKGROUND: There has been increasing interest on the issue of doctors' mental health. However, there have been few qualitative studies on senior doctors' general attitude towards mental illness within the medical profession. SETTING: Large North London teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS: 13 hospital consultants and senior academic general practitioners...
September 16, 2016: BMJ Open
Zygmunt Zdrojewicz, Ewelina Pachura, Paulina Pachura
Medical science seems to be on the threshold of a revolution: It seems possible that in twenty years, doctors will be able to replace organs in the human body like parts in a car. This is thanks to the recent achievement of a team from the Medical Research Council Center for Regenerative Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland - the group of researchers tried to regenerate the thymus gland in mice. The thymus gland is an essential organ for the development of the immune system, but very few people have any idea that it exists...
March 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Subhankar Chatterjee, Anjan Adhikari, Dibakar Haldar, Payel Biswas
BACKGROUND: The addition of research-oriented medical education (ROME) to the existing curriculum could promote logical thinking, rapid literature search and a better understanding of research methodology. Creation of research temperament could lead to innovations in healthcare. We assessed the perception, awareness and practice of ROME among undergraduate students. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey among 234 students of R.G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata selected by the simple random sampling technique...
March 2016: National Medical Journal of India
Rhiannon L Harries, Adam P Williams, Philip J McElnay, Vimal J Gokani
The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) is a professional body and registered charity working to promote excellence in surgical training for the benefit of junior doctors and patient alike. ASiT is independent of the National Health Service (NHS), Surgical Royal Colleges and specialty associations, and represents trainees in all ten surgical specialities. We were delighted to be celebrating our 40(th) Anniversary Conference in the fantastic city of Liverpool with over 700 delegates in attendance and in the company of many ASiT Past Presidents...
August 23, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
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2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Amos Rodger Mwakigonja
BACKGROUND: The School of Medicine (SoM) is one among five at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). It currently houses eight undergraduate and many post-graduate programmes. The Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme reported herein is the oldest having ten semesters (5 years) followed by a 1 year compulsory rotatory internship at a hospital approved by the Medical Council of Tanganyika (MCT). However, this training was largely knowledge-based and thus the need to shift towards competency-based education (CBE) and full modularization necessitated this study...
2016: BMC Medical Education
Katherine A Pohlman, Linda Carroll, Lisa Hartling, Ross Tsuyuki, Sunita Vohra
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this cross-sectional survey was to evaluate attitudes and opinions of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) specializing in pediatric care toward patient safety. METHODS: The Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality was adapted for providers who use spinal manipulation therapy and sent out to 2 US chiropractic organizations' pediatric council members (n = 400) between February and April 2014...
September 2016: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
L Batty, K McKinnon, A Skidmore, M McKinnon
BACKGROUND: Workplace-based assessment (WBA) is the assessment of specialist competence based on what a trainee doctor actually does in the workplace. Between January 2014 and January 2015, all UK occupational medicine (OM) trainees were invited to test a suite of direct observation of procedural skills (DOPS) tools designed in a supervised learning event (SLE) format. The Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) Workplace-Based Assessment Advisory Group (WBAAG) studied feedback on the new format...
August 6, 2016: Occupational Medicine
Zheng Li, Yi Xia, Li-Na Feng, Jie-Rong Chen, Hong-Min Li, Jing Cui, Qing-Qing Cai, Kar Seng Sim, Maarja-Liisa Nairismägi, Yurike Laurensia, Wee Yang Meah, Wen-Sheng Liu, Yun-Miao Guo, Li-Zhen Chen, Qi-Sheng Feng, Chi Pui Pang, Li Jia Chen, Soo Hong Chew, Richard P Ebstein, Jia Nee Foo, Jianjun Liu, Jeslin Ha, Lay Poh Khoo, Suk Teng Chin, Yi-Xin Zeng, Tin Aung, Balram Chowbay, Colin Phipps Diong, Fen Zhang, Yan-Hui Liu, Tiffany Tang, Miriam Tao, Richard Quek, Farid Mohamad, Soo Yong Tan, Bin Tean Teh, Siok Bian Ng, Wee Joo Chng, Choon Kiat Ong, Yukinori Okada, Soumya Raychaudhuri, Soon Thye Lim, Wen Tan, Rou-Jun Peng, Chiea Chuen Khor, Jin-Xin Bei
BACKGROUND: Extranodal natural killer T-cell lymphoma (NKTCL), nasal type, is a rare and aggressive malignancy that occurs predominantly in Asian and Latin American populations. Although Epstein-Barr virus infection is a known risk factor, other risk factors and the pathogenesis of NKTCL are not well understood. We aimed to identify common genetic variants affecting individual risk of NKTCL. METHODS: We did a genome-wide association study of 189 patients with extranodal NKTCL, nasal type (WHO classification criteria; cases) and 957 controls from Guangdong province, southern China...
September 2016: Lancet Oncology
A F Stern
BACKGROUND: Formal, structured annual appraisals are now a regulatory requirement for all doctors and must meet the standards stipulated by the General Medical Council (GMC), including connection with a designated body. AIMS: To investigate occupational physicians' opinions and experience of the first year of appraisals for revalidation. METHODS: Members of the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) were surveyed electronically regarding the appraisal process and its software...
July 25, 2016: Occupational Medicine
Pravin Amin, Alison Fox-Robichaud, J V Divatia, Paolo Pelosi, Defne Altintas, Emel Eryüksel, Yatin Mehta, Gee Young Suh, Lluís Blanch, Norbert Weiler, Janice Zimmerman, Jean-Louis Vincent
The role of the critical care specialist has been unequivocally established in the management of severely ill patients throughout the world. Data show that the presence of a critical care specialist in the intensive care unit (ICU) environment has reduced morbidity and mortality, improved patient safety, and reduced length of stay and costs. However, many ICUs across the world function as "open ICUs," in which patients may be admitted under a primary physician who has not been trained in critical care medicine...
October 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Michael J Peeters, Varun A Vaidya
Objective. To describe an approach for assessing the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education's (ACPE) doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) Standard 4.4, which focuses on students' professional development. Methods. This investigation used mixed methods with triangulation of qualitative and quantitative data to assess professional development. Qualitative data came from an electronic developmental portfolio of professionalism and ethics, completed by PharmD students during their didactic studies. Quantitative confirmation came from the Defining Issues Test (DIT)-an assessment of pharmacists' professional development...
June 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Ella Tyrrell, Conor Keegan, Niamh Humphries, Sara McAleese, Steve Thomas, Charles Normand, Ruairí Brugha
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization's Global Code on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel urges Member States to observe fair recruitment practices and ensure equality of treatment of migrant and domestically-trained health personnel. However, international medical graduates (IMGs) have experienced difficulties in accessing postgraduate training and in progressing their careers in several destination countries. Ireland is highly dependent on IMGs, but also employs non-European Union (EU) doctors who qualified as doctors in Ireland...
2016: Human Resources for Health
Jyoti Nath Modi, - Anshu, Jugesh Chhatwal, Piyush Gupta, Tejinder Singh
Good communication skills are essential for an optimal doctor-patient relationship, and also contribute to improved health outcomes. Although the need for training in communication skills is stated as a requirement in the 1997 Graduate Medical Education Regulations of the Medical Council of India, formal training in these skills has been fragmentary and non-uniform in most Indian curricula. The Vision 2015 document of the Medical Council of India reaffirms the need to include training in communication skills in the MBBS curriculum...
June 8, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
Mary E Sheppard, Nancy Vitalone-Raccaro
BACKGROUND: The American Association of Pediatricians (AAP), in collaboration with the Council for Children with Disabilities and the Council on School Health, recommends that physicians learn special education law and practices in order to increase their ability to work with schools to support children with disabilities and their families. However, there is limited research that examines how doctors perceive their role as collaborators with families and school personnel. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions and collaborative experiences of doctors treating children with disabilities in order to develop an initial understanding of how doctors collaborate within the doctor/family/school triad...
October 2016: Disability and Health Journal
Ted Brown, Jeffrey L Crabtree, Joe Wells, Keli Mu
BACKGROUND: Currently, Canada and the United States are the only two countries that mandate entry to the occupational therapy profession at the master's level. There was a recommendation considered by the American Occupational Therapy Association that by 2025 all education programs would move to the clinical doctorate level. In August 2015, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education made the formal decision that for now, the entry-level qualification for occupational therapists in the United States will remain at both the master's and clinical doctorate levels...
June 23, 2016: Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Revue Canadienne D'ergothérapie
Lorne Bellan
Projections of future Canadian ratios of ophthalmologists to population have fluctuated because of changes in numbers of residency spots and retirement rates. Although this ratio plateaued in recent years, the ratio of ophthalmologists to the population over 65 years of age is projected to steadily deteriorate. All graduating residents are going to be needed to meet the upcoming workload, yet current graduates are finding increasing difficulty obtaining full-time positions with operating room privileges. This problem is affecting all specialties who require hospital facilities, and exploration of this problem by the Royal College, Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Resident Doctors of Canada, and council of the Provincial Deputy Ministers of Health is presented...
June 2016: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
Giuseppe R Gristina, Guido Bertolini
The medical profession simultaneously operates within three different backgrounds: the scientific, the ethical, and the economic one. Each is constantly changing, as well as their mutual relationship and interdependency. To maintain its central role in the society, the medical profession has to co-evolve with such an ever-changing context. This means being able to continuously (re)negotiate the status (social position), the role (professional model) and the function (healing from diseases, prolongation of life) of medical doctors for them to be beneficial to sick people...
May 2016: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
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