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AMA Wire - 04/15/2014

For minorities, road to medical school a leaky pipeline

Minority students trying to pursue a career in medicine are rapidly leaving the “medical school pipeline,” a recent analysis of data by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) shows.

Virtual Mentor

AMA Wire - 04/15/2014

Virtual Mentor examines third-party intrusions into the exam room

Contributors to the April issue of Virtual Mentor, the AMA’s online medical ethics journal, take a look at how regulations and other third-party activities affect the physician-patient relationship and delivery of care.

AMA Wire - 04/14/2014

What you won’t see in the raw Medicare claims data

The public is getting its first glimpse of physicians’ Medicare claims data following a widely publicized data release Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). But because the agency released only raw data with little context and considerable limitations, it’s easy for patients, reporters and others to draw inaccurate conclusions about individual physicians. Here are some of the most important points to clarify.

AMA Wire - 04/14/2014

5 competencies of the 21st-century physician

What does the doctor of the future look like? Physician educators have some idea, but medical education doesn’t yet broadly reflect what 21st century physicians will need to learn.

AMA Wire - 04/11/2014

Federal lawmakers receive policy recommendations to halt Rx abuse

A coalition of stakeholders in the prescription drug supply chain, from manufacturers to pharmacies to physicians, Wednesday released comprehensive public health-focused policy recommendations to guide lawmakers’ efforts to curb misuse and abuse of such medicines across the nation.

AMA Wire - 04/11/2014

Med schools push forward with competency-based programs

Physician educators made strides in redesigning medical education this week during a special consortium meeting at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where 11 AMA grant recipients discussed how they’re moving from planning stages to execution.

The JAMA Network

AMA Wire - 04/11/2014

This week’s top articles from the JAMA Network

New studies compare treatments for advanced lung cancer and examine access to care after Medicaid expansions.