October 12, 2012
By Adam Mingal*
Proposed Legislation Would Increase Medicare-Funded Residency Slots
Healthcare Association of New York State (10/5) reports that Joe Crowley (D-Queens/Bronx) of the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2012 (H.R. 6562), which would "increase the number of Medicare-supported residency slots available to teaching hospitals to train physicians." If enacted, the law would establish "15,000 new Medicare-supported residency slots over five years."
LSU Medical School to Students: Budget Cuts Will Help Us
The Times-Picayune (10/9) reports that according to the chancellor of Louisiana State University's Health Sciences Center a reduced budget for Louisiana public hospital system would improve the ratio of patients per residents by shifting "many residency programs to private hospitals."
Applications for Leape Award Needed for Outstanding Medical Schools/Students
The Sacramento Bee (10/9) reports that the "American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) is seeking applications from medical schools, teaching hospitals and academic medical centers for the 2013 ACPE Leape Ahead Award." The award recognizes those "dedicated to improving the quality of health care by developing medical students and residents into future health care leaders." Successful applicants will be individuals and institutions "creating programs, courses, techniques that develop the interpersonal, communication, collaborative and teamwork skills of these future leaders."
New Medical School Course Hailed as First of its Kind
Equities.com (10/8) reports that Mount Sinai School of Medicine will be offering a new elective course to medical students, entitled "Practical Analysis of Your Personal Genome," which will give students "the option to sequence, analyze, and interpret their own complete genome using state-of-the-art whole genome sequencing." The course is intended "to teach students how to understand and apply the wealth of information now available via whole genome sequencing, a laboratory process that reveals the unique genomic profile of each individual performed in the Genomics Core Facility at Mount Sinai."
*We would like to thank Adam Mingal, Esquire (Department on Disability Services, Washington, DC), for providing this week's update.