Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012
Candidates sought for seat on internal medicine panel
Apply today to become the next member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee of Internal Medicine. The resident member participates as a full voting member in all Residency Review Committee of Internal Medicine activities, including program review and policy discussion. Resident members must be able to devote 30 to 35 hours to program review before each committee meeting, and the RRC meets twice annually.
Visit the AMA Resident and Fellow Section's Leadership Opportunities Web page to learn more about this AMA slotted seat and how to apply.
Novice surgeons could be easily distracted: study
Noises, questions and other disruptions in the operating room can cause young, inexperienced surgeons to make serious mistakes, according to a study published recently in the Archives of Surgery.
The researchers studied 18 second-, third- and research-year surgical residents completing procedures on a laparoscopic virtual reality simulator. They found that residents were significantly more likely to commit major surgical errors when distractions or interruptions were introduced into the simulation. While almost half of the novice surgeons, 44 percent, committed major surgical errors when completing the simulation with distractions or interruptions, only 6 percent committed similar errors in nondistracted and uninterrupted conditions.
"This research clearly shows that at least with younger surgeons, distractions in the operating room can hurt you," lead author Robin Feurbacher said.
The researchers believe their findings can help improve how surgeons are trained to deal with distractions.
Access to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and The JAMA Network's specialty Archives journals is just one of the many benefits of AMA membership. If you're not an AMA member, join today.
Also, the Archives of Surgery and the rest of the specialty Archives journals will change their names effective Jan. 1. The new names will be JAMA Dermatology, JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Neurology, JAMA Ophthalmology, JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, JAMA Pediatrics, JAMA Psychiatry and JAMA Surgery. Read a JAMA Network editorial from earlier this year for more details.