Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy

AMA Affiliated Groups

News Writer,

Brendan Murphy joined the AMA in 2016. Prior to joining the writing team at AMA Wire, he reported on various topics, including health care. His work has appeared in The Wednesday Journal, Columbia Missourian, Vine Line and, among other publications. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Preparing for Medical School

January 2021: Kaplan MCAT stumpers put premeds to the test

Activation energy, bio-chemical reactions and stress responses. Prep for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) with these questions from Kaplan.

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Physician Diversity

Women physicians underrepresented in cable news COVID-19 coverage

The frequency with which women physicians appear on cable networks as expert interviewees shows a gender gap in media representation during the pandemic.

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Research on ventilator allocation, e-cigarettes lands top honors

Beating out nearly 1,000 other research entries, two medical students share the top prize in the first-ever AMA Research Challenge.

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Medical School Life

Q&A: What medical school in the U.S. will look like in 2021

COVID-19 has severely disrupted medical education. Learn how Rutgers med ed leader Carol Terregino, MD, is working to for a smoother 2021.

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Preparing for Medical School

How the pandemic has spiked stress for many med school applicants

Nearly 40%, stressed out by application process, ponder giving up physician dream, and COVID-19’s not helping. For pre-meds, resilience is a virtue.

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Residency Match: Concerns emerge about distribution of interview slots

Without travel barriers, concerns emerge about a small group of applicants hoarding precious interview slots, which may limit opportunities for others.

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Physician Health

Patient bias toward medical residents: How common is it?

Nearly all medical residents experience or witness bias from patients. The forms it takes and how frequently it is experienced varies, new research shows.

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Medical School Life

4 things judges look for in medical poster presentations

In advance of the AMA Research Challenge, one of the judges offers insight on what makes an impactful poster presentation.

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