August 31, 2012
By Amy Kaufman*
Former Harvard Scientist Settles With Government Over Allegations of Research Misconduct
Boston White Coat News (8/29) reports that scientist Shane Mayack agreed to settle with the federal government over allegations that he "copied images from unrelated experiences and presented identical plots of data as different experimental results in two scientific papers." He was previously a stem cell scientist and postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School-affiliated Joslin Diabetes Center. Pursuant to the order, future institutional employers will have to certify to the Office of Research Integrity that any scientific reports of grant applications they submit are based on actual experience or are otherwise legitimate.
Limited Number of Quality Nursing Faculty Partially at Fault for Nursing Shortage
Fierce Healthcare (8/28) reports that the nursing shortage continues to be a problem in certain areas of the country. According to a March New England Journal of Medicine study, however, more than 75,000 qualified nursing applicants were turned away in 2011, in part because there is an undersupply of qualified nursing faculty to teach them.
Budget Talks Threaten Graduate Medical Education Funding
American Medical News (8/27) reports that there have been multiple proposals to cut funding for graduate medical education (GME) in light of pressure on Congress to reduce federal spending. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, for example, has advocated for GME reductions up to 50%. At the same time, there are proposals to increase GME funding in the U.S. House of Representatives, including one that requires Medicare to add 15,000 residency spots during the next five years.
Penn Physician Develops New Model for Teaching
Penn News (8/28) reports that Dr. Mitesh Patel, a physician at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has developed a new model for teaching hospitals, academic medical centers, and residency programs to use to teach trainees when a medical intervention will benefit patients. A detailed description of the model, which is designed to keep costs down, will be published in the September 2012 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
*We would like to thank Amy E. Kaufman, Esquire (Patton Boggs LLP, Washington, DC), for providing this week's update.
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