Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Residents using tablets are more efficient, study finds
Providing Apple iPads to internal medicine residents to access medical records appears to be associated with improvements in efficiency, a recent study found.
After 115 residents were given the mobile computer tablets, University of Chicago researchers report that more than three quarters of the residents reported they were more efficient, with self-reported time savings of about an hour a day. The study appeared in the March 12 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
In addition to enhancing residents' efficiency, the iPads may have facilitated greater continuity of patient care, the researchers wrote, "since the primary service was able to advance care for the patients they admitted and will follow before they execute a handoff."
How selling a practice kept it in the family
A senior physician with more than 30 years as a gastroenterologist maintains a solo practice, but would like to pass the solo practice on to his son. However, his son prefers a different setup for his practice. A story by American Medical News chronicles what they accomplished together and the changes in physician business between generations that it reflects.
According to American Medical News, experts say few practices have a continuation plan for retirement or departure of physicians. The story points to expert advice for physicians with small or solo practices exploring such an acquisition deal as a means of continuing what already has been established.
Didn't match? Find info on open PGY1 residency slots
View and search through available post-graduate year (PGY) 1 residency or fellowship positions by visiting the AMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) Residency Information and Vacancies Web page. The site features program descriptions, locations and contact information.
From thoracic surgery to forensic pathology, the AMA-RFS posts a wide variety of program opportunities for residents and fellows. The Web page also contains educational resources to help you succeed in residency and beyond.