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Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

For Medical Students

NRMP unveils iPhone app for residency interviews

The National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) has released an iPhone app to help potential residents and fellows track programs during the interview process and create program ratings that can be used to generate a rank order list in the NRMP's Web system.

The free app, called the Match Program Rating and Interview Schedule Manager (PRISM), also allows potential residents to add interview dates to their smartphone calendar and enter notes about each program. Post-interview, the candidate can rate programs based on a range of factors, including quality of curriculum and training, program reputation, patient diversity, geographic location and quality of residents—a process that will yield a composite score for each program of interest.

As you move from medical school to practice, the AMA's popular guide Succeeding from Medical School to Practice can help. The comprehensive, easy-to-navigate resource includes a wealth of valuable information plus streaming video to help medical students, residents, fellows and young physicians confront the nonclinical demands of training and today's practice environment.

40 state leaders urge FDA to regulate e-cigarettes

In response to growing evidence about increased use by U.S. youth and adolescents, the attorney generals of 40 states are urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

The letter, which is co-sponsored by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, explains, "Unlike traditional tobacco products, there are no federal age restrictions that would prevent children from obtaining e-cigarettes, nor are there any advertising restrictions."

E-cigarettes are metal or plastic devices made to resemble a traditional cigarette and deliver nicotine by releasing vapors that users inhale. A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 1.8 million middle and high school students had tried e-cigarettes in 2012.

As Coakley explained, "People, especially kids, are being led to believe that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative, but they are highly addictive and can deliver strong doses of nicotine."

The AMA as a whole, and the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) in particular, historically has supported proper regulation of all smoking products. Current AMA policy supports e-cigarette regulation by the FDA and the inclusion of e-cigarettes in applicable state "smoke-free" laws. Additionally, AMA-MSS policy encourages the education of children and adolescents about the dangers of smoking.

Apply for CDC applied epidemiology fellowship

Medical students interested in public health or in practicing medicine with a broad, analytic perspective are invited to apply for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Experience's applied epidemiology fellowship.

Eight competitively selected fellows, chosen from rising third- and fourth-year medical students, spend 10- 12 months at the CDC offices in Atlanta, where they carry out epidemiologic analyses in various areas of public health.

Examples of previous and current areas of concentration include viral diseases, tuberculosis, cardiovascular health, birth defects, sexually transmitted diseases, foodborne diseases, injury prevention, and air pollution and respiratory health.

Application materials for the 2014–2015 fellowship year are due Dec. 6. Learn more about the fellowship by visiting the CDC website.