AMA Wire

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

For Medical Students

Residency programs grapple with use of smart devices

An estimated 85 percent of residents have smartphones, which they use an average 2.1 hours per day—including for clinical work. While such smart devices as phones and tablets promise advances in medical efficiency and functionality, there may be unintended consequences as well.

In a recent article in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, Robert Wu, MD, argues that the medical community also should pause to consider the consequences of smart device use, including risk of technology-caused medical errors, privacy concerns and the impact of what he calls "distracted doctoring."

Dr. Wu recounts the story of a resident caught browsing Facebook while an attending physician discussed a recently diagnosed cancer with a patient. He argues that more research is needed to evaluate the impact of mobile technology on the clinical setting.

The rise of smart devices will inevitably change how we educate young physicians, he explains, and there should be a thoughtful discussion about how this technology is impacting patient care and professionalism. Dr. Wu states that new technology may require the creation of a new competency: digital professionalism.

Bestselling author to speak at AMA-MSS annual meeting

Attend this year's AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Annual Assembly Meeting, which will take place June 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Registration for delegates and alternates is due May 23.

The meeting will feature a keynote presentation by Marty Makary, MD, bestselling author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care, a book about how teamwork and transparency can rescue American health care.

The AMA-MSS meeting will take place prior to the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

Also, plan to stay for special events, including the following:

10th annual Medical Specialty Showcase. Interact with physicians from specialties represented in the AMA House of Delegates, including radiology, OB/GYN, orthopaedics and emergency medicine. Attendees also will receive information and assistance in career decision-making. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 15 in the Riverside East Exhibit Hall.

Innovations in Medicine. This special program will feature speakers who will share insights and their vision of the future of health care and medicine. Speakers will share inspiring and thought-provoking talks that will focus on innovations across health care and medicine. Talks run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. June 14 in the Riverside East Exhibit Hall.

AMA Welcome Reception. Celebrate with friends and colleagues during the first public announcement of the medical schools selected to share $10 million in grants as part of the AMA's "Accelerating Change in Medical Education" initiative. Join us for this festive event of lively conversation, food, drink and relaxation from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Inspire the next generation of minority physicians

Join members of the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) and Minority Affairs Section in sharing your passion for the profession with more than 670 elementary students June 14 at the Rachel Carson Elementary School in Chicago.

This community outreach event is a part of the AMA's Doctors Back to School™ program, which was created to attract more students from historically underrepresented minorities to careers in medicine, and the AMA-MSS' National Service Project, which features health and wellness education and activities.

All attendees of the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates are invited to participate in this inspiring event, which will take place at 8–11:30 a.m. Bring your white coat, scrubs and stethoscope. Transportation will be provided from the Hyatt Regency Chicago and back after the event.

Sign up by May 31 via the AMA Annual Meeting registration page. Select the "Doctors Back to School Health and Wellness program" listed under "other events." If you have questions about the event, email the AMA-MSS.