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.
In the age of physician burnout, simply taking your PTO can be a step toward reclaiming your health. Learn the science behind why prioritizing yourself can improve your well-being and your productivity, and read tips on how to plan a successful vacation.
I remember when we started running. It was a Monday evening. We had just finished dinner, pork chops and pesto, on our back porch as a family of 5. I had reading to do, so I pushed my chair back to get up from the table. Before I had time to stand, your voice cut through the hot, humid July air, interrupting the inevitable laughter of our family dinner and the Bruce Springsteen soundtrack in the background. “I have to tell you all something,” you said. “And it’s not a good thing.”
For Dr. Adrian Dryden, COVID meant more than learning new protocols and wearing extra PPE. It upended his life, starting with a job loss and ending with him having to return to Canada, where he grew up. Read how Provider Solutions & Development's team helped him navigate a complex immigration process and return to an ideal role in the U.S.
New Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes have been created that streamline the novel coronavirus testing currently available on the United States market. These CPT codes are unique for each coronavirus vaccine as well as administration codes unique to each such vaccine. The new CPT codes clinically distinguish each coronavirus vaccine for better tracking, reporting and analysis that supports data-driven planning and allocation.
Back in the spring, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could safely resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Now, though, writes Sara Berg, AMA Senior News Writer, the agency’s expert physicians and scientists are changing course, urging immunized people to wear masks indoors in public if they live in areas with high or substantial rates of SARS-CoV-2 transmission.
Think of the brain as a car with a finite amount of fuel available to function optimally. An excessive workload can drain what it takes for your brain to run properly, writes Tanya Albert Henry, AMA Contributing News Writer. So too can having to work in a way that you are constantly switching tasks or being interrupted or interacting with user-hostile technology. These factors, among others, constitute poor “cognitive ergonomics,” a growing problem in health care.
A mental health crisis has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more than a year, physicians and other health professionals have been dealing with elevated levels of anxiety, depression, isolation, post-traumatic stress disorder and burnout. But a new health campaign aims to make an impact in this arena, writes Sara Berg, AMA Senior News Writer.
Government and private insurers’ audits have revealed unfortunate cases of fraudulent or abusive medical billing practices, writes AMA News Editor Kevin B O’Reilly. You deserve to be paid for the medical care you provide, but it is essential that you avoid improper billing practices to steer clear of trouble and maintain a flourishing practice.
Physicians shouldn’t wait for the Social Security Administration to tell them when to apply for retirement benefits. Navigating the agency’s complex rules and schedules should be part of every doctor’s personal retirement planning.
In a July 13, 2021 JAMA Health Forum article author Joan Stephenson, PhD, writes that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in a variety of applications “holds great promise for the practice of public health and medicine” but also poses ethical challenges that must be addressed, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Do you have any questions for us?” When you’re interviewing, how you respond to this question can make all the difference between a misstep and finding your perfect fit. Here, one of our senior recruiters shares insider knowledge on how to get at what really matters in your physician job interview.
JAMA Health Forum debuted as a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal focused on health policy, health care systems, and global and public health in May 2021. The journal is the newest member of the family of JAMA Network specialty journals.
Social media has been flooded with images of people proudly displaying their COVID-19 vaccination cards—and the impetus for doing that is understandable writes AMA Senior News Writer Sara Berg. While that little white card has helped bring a sense of normalcy to people across the country, one question remains: What should your patients do with their COVID-19 vaccination cards? One physician explains what to tell patients to keep in mind after receiving their vaccine card.
The concept of coaching has origins in the business world, but it is beginning to take root across medicine—in medical school, residency and in practice. In this article, AMA News Writer Brendan Murphy speaks with physician experts on coaching in medicine explain why it works, who benefits from it, how it can apply to patient care, and how it can help doctors reach the next level in their careers.
Stay in the loop on innovations and emerging issues impacting physicians and public health today. The Moving Medicine series from the American Medical Association includes interviews, educational presentations and in-depth discussions about a variety of current, relevant health care topics including health equity, physician well-being, and other topics of interest.
For some patients, COVID-19 is the uninvited visitor who won’t leave. These survivors have described a troubling array of persistent symptoms, including fatigue, insomnia, changes in smell and taste, shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, depression, and anxiety. In late February, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave this novel constellation of symptoms a formal name: postacute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC).
As a physician and a mother, Dr. Dina Vaynberg has always had to juggle life’s challenges, but the pandemic intensified the struggle. Here, the OBGYN and mom of toddler sons talks about what health systems must do to better support physician moms and offers tips on how to make sure your next role will allow you to accomplish both your family and professional goals.