Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012
For Medical Students
Medical student training in EHRs found lacking
More than 60 percent of medical schools offer some education in electronic health records, but the level of access varies, according to a new study.
The study, published in the journal Teaching and Learning in Medicine, found that 64 percent of medical schools allow students to use EHRs, and two-thirds of those allow students to make notes in the records. Those statistics come from a survey of 338 clinical directors nationwide conducted by the Alliance for Clinical Education, a multidisciplinary group of medical educators aimed at enhancing clinical training for future physicians.
However, just 27 percent of survey respondents said medical students were allowed to view and write patient notes and enter patient orders to be co-signed, American Medical News reports in coverage of the survey. And 41 percent said students could view and write notes but not make orders.
This inconsistency from school to school comes as more physician offices are using EHRs. Survey results released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics revealed that 55 percent of physicians had adopted an EHR system in 2011, up from about 51 percent in 2010. Read more about the CDC data.
Register for the AMA-MSS Interim Assembly Meeting
Represent the voice and vision of medical students across the country at this year's AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Interim Assembly Meeting, which will take place Nov. 8–10 in Honolulu. Attendees have opportunities to influence AMA policy, serve the community, and advance their skills and knowledge.
Please keep the following deadlines in mind:
- Final resolutions with checklist are due Sept 29.
- Meeting registration is due Oct. 4.
- Applications for open positions, including AMA-MSS Governing Council chair-elect, regional delegate and the student position on the AMA Board of Trustees, also are due Oct. 4.
Learn more about the meeting and register today.
Encourage your friends and classmates to join the AMA
AMA membership is important throughout all years of medical school—and it's never too late to join. Here's a snapshot of the benefits available to AMA members throughout medical school.
- Free Netter's Anatomy Flash Cards with four-year membership
- Subscription to the Journal of the American Medical Association
- AMA member-only discounts on the First Aid for the USMLE and First Aid for the COMLEX series and the Rapid Review series
- 30 percent savings on Kaplan Qbank products
- AMA members-only access to FREIDA Online®, your go-to place to research residency programs
- Print and online versions of the AMA's Choosing a Medical Specialty Resource Guide
- Access to "Succeeding from Medical School to Practice" online guide
- Hertz car rental savings for traveling to interviews