Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
News for Senior and Retired Physicians
JAMA Career Center opportunities for senior physicians
The JAMA Career Center® presents physician career opportunities, news and information relevant to the full spectrum of medical practice. Job postings are updated daily for virtually every specialty, practice setting and region in the United States.
This center offers a way to bring employers and job seekers together, helping physicians realize their potential while addressing the needs of disparate community types. These can range from remote rural and underserved urban areas to thriving neighborhoods in towns and major metropolitan centers.
If you're searching for volunteer opportunities, the JAMA Career Center can be a great resource. The website also offers a list of organizations looking for volunteers as well as the areas each organization serves and the specialties needed. Visit www.JAMACareerCenter.com to learn more about these initiatives.
Buddy programs link med students, Alzheimer's patients
Future physicians at a handful of medical schools are getting a firsthand opportunity to understand better what life is like for early-stage Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers, according to a recent article in American Medical News.
A buddy program developed at the Northwestern University Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago pairs first-year medical students with patients for a year.
The program is hoping students' knowledge and familiarity with Alzheimer's will give them hands-on exposure to people with the disease. "This program allows them to get to know someone with an illness," said Darby Morhardt, research associate professor in cognitive neurology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "They see a person within a context, and they see that there is more to them than their disease."
Boston University, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and Washington University in St. Louis have started similar programs.
The population with Alzheimer's continues to live longer and need dementia care, with more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, according to the Alzheimer's Association.