July 16, 2012
By Adam Mingal*
Harvard Medical Students May Work in South Dakota
The Sioux City Journal (7/13) reports, "Representatives from the Indian Health Service and Massachusetts General Hospital . . . visited South Dakota Urban Indian Health in Pierre recently to explore the possibility of bringing resident physicians to underserved native healthcare centers in the state." The Indian Health Service invited members of Massachusetts General's Global Primary Care Program to South Dakota to offer their services to populations across the state and to provide educational opportunities to participating residents. The program is still in its preliminary stages.
Potential UCF Teaching Hospital Discussed by Medical School Dean
The Orlando Business Journal (7/13) reports that Dr. Deborah German, the dean of the University of Central Florida's (UCF's) College of Medicine, spoke on July 13 "about the 'endless opportunities' around a potential UCF teaching hospital at Medical City." The teaching hospital would, per German, ideally have "inpatient, outpatient and everything in between," along with "clinical treatments based on research going on."
Hospital Builds Lounge for Residents
The Daily Journal (7/9) reports that South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center "opened its new resident lounge with space to sleep, nap or relax." According to one resident, the lounge will allow residents to "have a minute to breathe . . . [in] a safe place behind closed doors." Many people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony that unveiled the hospital's new $1.5 million Chester B. Kaletkowski Graduate Medical Education Center on Monday.
The Decline of Medical Malpractice Payments
Medscape Medical News (7/12) reports that a study by consumer group Public Citizen found that the volume and value of malpractice payments has declined for the eighth year in a row. Public Citizen reviewed reports made to the National Practitioner Data Bank, a federal clearinghouse to which malpractice insurers and other stakeholders must report malpractice claims made on the behalf of physicians, to reach this conclusion. There is some concern that data found in the National Practitioner Data Bank is misleading because many payments go unreported (note: registration is required to access this article).
*We would like to thank to Adam Mingal, Esquire (Washington, DC), for providing this week's update.
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