Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
News for Women Physicians
Apply for the Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship by Feb. 25
Submit a research proposal for the Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship, an effort by the AMA Women Physicians Congress and the AMA Foundation to advance the progress of women in the medical profession and to strengthen the AMA's ability to identify and address the needs and interests of women physicians and medical students.
Research proposals should focus on professional work or practice issues that affect women physicians.
While women represent approximately 50 percent of matriculating medical students and 30 percent of all practicing physicians, there is a lack of empirical studies or reliable data about the effect this trend is having on medicine and women physicians themselves. As a result, stereotypes, misinformation and unsubstantiated theories about the potential effects of women in the physician workforce are sometimes suggested by the media and others.
Research supported by the Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship Fund is essential to evaluating issues regarding women in the medical work force and in facilitating understanding of future practice needs.
Applications are due Feb. 25; download one today.
Experimental breast cancer treatment aims to enable greater access
People with early stage breast cancer could find getting treatment much easier under an experimental protocol, according to a recent article in USA Today.
The University of Louisville's Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville, Ky., is hoping to make radiation treatment more accessible to patients facing such obstacles as distance, transportation problems and time constraints. The center's experimental protocol has allowed research subjects to receive weekly doses of radiation rather than daily doses. The individual radiation doses are higher, but the overall radiation administered over the five-week regimen is lower, according to USA Today.
An article on the results among the first 42 patients has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, USA Today reports. The article "concludes that women's tolerance of the weekly radiation compares well with recent reports of daily schedules, and the new regimen appears feasible and cost-effective," USA Today reports.