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Changes Being Made to Med School Applicant Assessment

Posted on Sun, Mar 15, 2015

New skills being emphasized on MCAT; multiple mini-interview technique being adopted

FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In accordance with the changes in graduate medical education to better prepare doctors for a changing health care system, changes are being made to medical school applicant evaluation, according to an article published Feb. 19 by the American Medical Association (AMA).

As part of the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education Initiative, 11 universities are making changes to their undergraduate medical education programs, including use of real clinical data to examine patient populations and an emphasis on interprofessional and lifelong learning skills. These skills are being emphasized on the Medical College Admission Test, which is being revised and will require future physicians to have an understanding of social and behavioral sciences.

Furthermore, interview methods are changing, with local patients joining faculty members in applicant interviews as part of the AMA initiative. The multiple mini-interview technique is being adopted in place of traditional interviews. In the new technique, a group of applicants rotates through six to 10 stations, each of which each focuses on a different facet of what makes a good doctor.

"What will happen five years from now? What will our health care providers need to know? We can't teach that now because it hasn't been invented, but we do need to teach our providers the skill to constantly be learning," Marc Triola, M.D., associate dean for educational informatics at the New York University School of Medicine, said during a panel discussion about the education overhaul.

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Three out of three Clinicians Agree, Vista Medical Center East is THE Place to Practice Medicine!

Posted on Thu, Feb 05, 2015
Three out of three Clinicians Agree, Vista Medical Center East is THE Place to Practice Medicine!

Vista Health System is a community healthcare provider, a network that includes two hospitals in Waukegan — Vista Medical Center East and Vista Medical Center West, as well as the Vista Lindenhurst campus that includes an Ambulatory Care Center, a Surgery Center and a freestanding emergency center.  There are 192 beds at Vista East with Hospitalists at the East campus.

Here are 5 reasons to practice at Vista Medical Center:

  1. Vista East is ranked 34 out of 219 hospitals in Illinois and 29 out of 118 hospitals in the Chicago Metro area
  2. Cerner EMR with 36 hours of scribe coverage fully funded by EmCare
  3. 20 hours of APP coverage daily:  9a-7p/5p-3a
  4. Waukegan is located in northern Illinois, just a short distance away from the city of Chicago, within view of Lake Michigan
  5. Chicago is home to The Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Millennium Park and The Art Institute of Chicago

Here's what three Vista clinicians have to say about the facility!

Get to Know Our November Clinician of the Month: Dr. Rebecca Parker


Physicians Reminded of Ethical Obligations Regarding Torture

Posted on Mon, Dec 29, 2014
Physicians Reminded of Ethical Obligations Regarding Torture

Should only perform assessments of detainees to determine need for care, provide care

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With the issuing of the new U.S. Senate report on interrogations, the American Medical Association (AMA) is reminding physicians of their ethical obligations relating to torture and interrogation.

As part of the AMA Code of Medical Ethics, physicians must oppose and must not participate in torture, including providing or withholding services, substances, or knowledge to facilitate practice of torture; should only treat individuals when it is in the patient's best interest, and not to verify health so that torture can occur; and should help provide support for victims of torture. Furthermore, during interrogation, physicians should avoid being involved in use of coercion.

Under the Code of Medical Ethics Opinion E-2.0.68, physicians have five ethical obligations: (1) to perform physical and mental assessments of detainees only to determine if there is a need for medical care and provide this care; (2) not to participate in interrogations; (3) not to monitor interrogations; (4) not to participate in developing effective interrogation strategies; and (5) to report their observations to the appropriate authorities.

"We firmly believe that U.S. policies on detainee treatment must comport with the AMA's Code of Medical Ethics and the World Medical Association's Declaration of Tokyo, which forcefully state medicine's opposition to torture or coercive interrogation and prohibit physician participation in such activities," AMA President Robert M. Wah, M.D., said in a statement.

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In Case You Missed It: Nov. 21, 2014

Posted on Fri, Nov 21, 2014
In Case You Missed It: Nov. 21, 2014

“In Case You Missed It” is a weekly roundup of popular healthcare headlines.

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Prescription opioid overdoses prompted more than 100,000 emergency department (ED) visits in 2010 and cost hospitals more than continue to >>

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FEATURED HEALTHCARE JOB: Pediatrician in Macon, GA (Forbes 2014 Best Place to Live!)

[from Modern] IOM panel urges more EHR collection of social, behavioral data. 
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EmCare's South Division Names 2014 SMDs of the Year

Posted on Tue, Oct 14, 2014
EmCare's South Division Names 2014 SMDs of the Year

The South Division just announced their 2014 Site Medical Directors of the Year at their annual divisional leadership conference. All divisional team members were in attendance including nurse leaders, SMDs and divisional staff.

To determine the SMDs of the Year, nominations are requested from hospital administration, hospital nursing leadership and EmCare South divisional staff and nominees are rated in areas including: level of engagement with hospital leadership, how well they work with other medical disciplines to achieve department goals, and ability to communicate with multiple disciplines to achieve department goals.
The 2014 SMD for Emergency Medicine is Tameka Walker-Blake. Dr. Blake is the Site Medical Director at Emory Adventist Hospital of Smyrna.

Divisional Director of Clinical Services, Kathy Molino says, “Dr. Blake has completely changed the culture in the Emory Emergency Department during her tenure as SMD. She is a ‘hands on, lead by example’ type of Director and has turned her group into a tight knit team. She keeps in close contact with hospital administration and meets weekly with her EDND. They have improved their throughput metrics, surpassing Adventist goals.”

Dr. Blake has led the Emory Adventist emergency department to the number 1 position in the entire system in multiple areas. And, nationally, for the second year in a row, the Adventist emergency department was awarded top ED thanks to her great work.

The 2014 Hospital Medicine SMD of the Year is Dr. Pawan Dhawan of Summerville Medical Center. Dr. Dhawan is Vice Chair of Department of Medicine, serves on Clinical Excellence Committee, Medical Executive Committee, Critical Care Committee, Utilization Management Committee, Clinical Review Committee, and PDoc Review Committee.

His leadership of the program has caused it to evolve from an inpatient program that just manages the care of those patients assigned to its service, to a program that focuses on team development, clinical initiatives, and collaboration with the medical staff to meet the needs and ongoing challenges of patient care within the facility.

His innovative approach has transformed Summerville Medical Center into a model for the South Division.

Dr. Luis Cajina of Lake City Medical Center is the South Division’s 2014 Anesthesia Site Medical Director of the Year.

Dr. Cajina serves on the Surgery Committee, and actively works on performance improvements teams. Lake City OR Director, Christine Summerlin, says Dr. Cajina is “personable, and handles his staff with the utmost professionalism.  He is courteous and informative.  When observing his interaction with other physicians he is very professional and always has the patient’s best interest at heart.”

Congratulations to these great examples of quality care and leadership.

Click here to view photos from the South Division’s Leadership Conference!