Lyndra Vassar

AMA Affiliated Groups

News Writer,

Lyndra was a staff writer for AMA Wire from 2016 to 2017.

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How four med students landed a major publishing deal

If you’ve an idea for a book but don’t think med students have a chance at getting published, think again. Medical student authors share top tips for students on how to turn book ideas into reality. 


Study examines time 1st year medical residents spend on patient records

First-year residents struggle to balance responsibilities with patient care. One task they find onerous is filling out electronic health records. A study looks at how much time is spent on charts.
1st year student works on computer health records.


Unique program prepares physicians for careers in research or academic medicine

Interested in a career in research or academic medicine? Learn how one novel program helped physicians in training develop successful research projects, earn grants and transition to “high leadership positions” in medical education. These program outcomes can help you better assess your plans for an academic research career.


How an inner city care team is reducing hypertension disparities

Underserved patients can face tough life choices. Do they buy blood pressure medication or groceries to feed their children? One inner city team studied community care programs in India to help patients attain their goal blood pressure.

Resident & Student Finance

How a new funding model could create debt-free medical education

Debt-free medical education could be the case for future physicians in training. One suggestion for a new funding model looks at an all-payer system. What would the benefits be for health care?

Resident & Student Health

4 tips for dating a medical student

Medical students face particular dating challenges if your significant other understand the unique demands you face. The fiancé of a second-year resident shares advice on maintaining a healthy relationship.

Physician Health

6 tips for balancing a two-physician family

Managing a family with two working physicians requires artful balance and strategy. Weather daily pressures as busy physicians and parents with these 6 tips.

Transition to Practice

Where new physicians practice: 3 key postresidency trends

The Association of American Medical Colleges looks at 3 top trends among recent residents. Find out how many practice in medically underserved areas, in same state they did their residency, or get faculty positions.