AMA Wire

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

For Residents

30% of applicants' published research unverifiable: study

A study looking at applications for a gynecologic oncology fellowship program showed that as many as 30 percent of applicants took credit for published research findings and accomplishments that could not be found.

The study, which appears in the March issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, was conducted by researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Researchers reviewed all 258 applications to MD Anderson's gynecologic oncology fellowship program from 2004 to 2008. Of the 148 doctors who listed that they had at least one published research finding, 44 included a reference to a publication that the researchers could not verify.

A separate study by researchers at the University of Washington found a similar issue with applications to the school's obstetrics and gynecology residency program in 2008 and 2009. The study found that, among the program's 937 applicants, 353 listed a total of 1,000 peer-reviewed journal articles and abstracts; however, the researchers could not verify 156 of those articles and abstracts.

View a story by Reuters Health about the studies.

Guide helps physicians meet the needs of older patients

As millions of baby boomers turn age 65, physicians will face increased demands from the nation's aging population. The AMA's Geriatric Care by Design aims to help physicians care for their older patients by highlighting the unique needs of a physician practice's aging patients through a design and practice management perspective.

Available as an e-book, Geriatric Care by Design can help physicians successfully manage opportunities and challenges, such as accessibility issues, coordination of care and supportive office systems. Case studies and lessons learned from experts in both primary and specialty care provide information and clear insight on how to design an environment that meets the needs of physicians, patients and office staff.

"All physicians must be prepared to meet and treat the unique needs of our older patients," AMA President Peter W. Carmel, MD, said in a news release.

View other e-book titles from the AMA.

Last chance: Cast your vote in Take a Trip with Timmy Global Health contest

Help your colleagues work to ensure that patients in Guatemala, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic have access to quality health care by voting in the Take a Trip with Timmy Global Health contest. Through the contest, two residents, medical students, allied health students or pre-med students will spend two to three weeks with medical professionals working to expand health care access in those countries.

During the past few months, hundreds of residents and students submitted essays about how their career goals as a medical professional align with the mission to expand access to health care for the underserved. Ten finalists remain, and you can help select the two winners by voting on the video essays they created. Review the video essays and vote today; voting ends Friday.

The trip prize is offered by Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization that works to expand access to health care in low-income communities in the developing world. Timmy Global Health is supported by the MedPlus Advantage insurance program, offered through AMA Insurance Agency.