Falls are the most common cause of injury among older adults; more than 1 in 4 adults over age 65 years will have a fall in any given year. A quarter of falls lead to serious injury, including broken bones, head injury, and even death. Falls can lead to a fear of falling, which can limit usual activities, lead to a loss of independence, and increase the risk of needing to live in a nursing home.
There is an ongoing debate among the palliative care community about the value of advance care planning and whether current evidence suggests that advance care planning is inherently ineffective. I’m not writing this essay to take a side in this debate—I believe both sides have merit. Rather, I write to tell 3 personal stories of the role advance care planning has played for my family and in my own life.
Prior to COVID-19, some of the patients seeing dermatologist Jack Resneck Jr., MD, had to drive several hours to his practice to get care for serious chronic conditions. In some cases, those in-person visits were necessary, but Dr. Resneck wanted more options for telehealth and few payers were offering coverage for virtual visits writes Jennifer Lubell, AMA contributing news writer.
Learn more about starting a private practice from Sonal G. Patel, MD, and Pediatric Neurologist at Magnificent Minds Neurology Center. Dr. Patel shares her experience of launching her private practice in this firsthand account.
As the end of year CME deadline approaches, you can turn to the AMA EdHub for an easy, streamlined way to find, take, and track educational activities in one place – with automatic CME reporting for some state and specialty medical boards. Designed to support lifelong learning, licensure, and certification needs, AMA Ed Hub provides high-quality education for physicians and other medical professionals so they can stay current and continuously improve care.
The pandemic has led millions of people to move in the last two years, and physicians are no exception. LeAnn Patton, recruitment resource coordinator, handles “all things physician relocation” for Provider Solutions & Development. We caught up with her for some inside tips on what physicians need to look out for both before and after a move.
The deadline for CME is fast approaching. Deepen your knowledge on a variety of topics with JN Learning Clinical Challenges and earn CME to complete your requirements. Read case studies, see image challenges, and test yourself while earning AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit TM from a source you trust.
When Dr. Estelle Lin was deciding where she wanted to work after residency, she wasn’t sure which path would fit her best — a clinic or a hospital setting. Rather than committing to a long-term position, she decided to try out both. Here, we talk with her about the pros and cons of working in each setting.
AMA's Moving Medicine video series amplifies physician voices and highlights developments and achievements throughout medicine. In this episode of Moving Medicine, a discussion with Fred Cerise, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, about the importance of building trust in health care during COVID and beyond.
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is an annual observance in December to remind everyone 6 months and older that there’s still time to get vaccinated against flu. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications, including people with certain chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.
More than a year and a half into this pandemic, medicine finds itself with a unique opportunity: A chance to rethink and overhaul the way care is delivered reports Tanya Albert Henry, AMA Contributing News Writer.
Health equity is improving for the LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) community, yet research suggests there is much work to be done. Here, Provider Solutions & Development interviews Swedish health system’s Dr. Kevin Wang about his journey as a gay physician and how health organizations can be more inclusive.
Did you know that Thanksgiving is also National Family Health History Day? It’s a great time to start discussions since many families are together celebrating. While these conversations can be difficult, they are very important not only for your health but for your entire extended family.
Physicians see retirement differently than many other professions. According to a 2017 Comp Health Survey, the average age physicians expect to retire is 68–when the average age of Americans in all other jobs is near 63. What’s behind this difference?
When Donna Strickland, PhD, in 2018 became only the third woman to win a Nobel Prize in physics, she was still just an associate professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Asked why she wasn’t a full professor, she responded that she “never asked” writes Jennifer Lubell, AMA contributing news writer.
During the 5 months between my son’s 2nd birthday and my 37th, my father and stepfather died.
The day after my son’s birthday, my father died alone in the hospital, 10 hours after we gave permission to withdraw life support. Five days earlier, he and 3 friends had been hit by a driver while they were cycling. At 68, he had ridden more than 17 000 miles during the prior year, thinner than as a 3-season collegiate athlete.
You play an important role in training your medical residents. Are you confident in doing so? Learn about the importance of giving these residents learning opportunities and others ways to enhance their experience and create a positive working relationship.
Last summer, 54 students donned white coats as the inaugural class of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation. Located at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in the Cherokee Nation capital of Tahlequah, it’s the first US medical school on tribal land, writes Mary Chris Jaklevic, MSJ.
Starting a new job is never easy, let alone during a global pandemic writes AMA Senior news writer Sara Berg. For Amy Frieman, MD, a palliative care physician, that was a reality. Dr. Frieman started her role as chief wellness officer at Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) in Edison, New Jersey, in January 2020. But with years of working on well-being issues under her belt, she shifted focus when COVID-19 hit hard in the spring and never missed a beat.
Workplaces across the country continue to map out their back-to-the-office plans as the COVID-19 pandemic endures, writes AMA senior news writer Sara Berg. After more than a year out of the office, returning to work faces some challenges, including what that workplace will look like and how to protect employees as the dangerous Delta variant continues to spread.