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April 26, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Study after study has shown that as the U.S. population ages and suffers more obesity-related health problems, there may not be enough primary care doctors to treat patients needing care.   A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that the situation isn't likely to improve anytime soon.   Researchers led by Dr. Mark D. Schwartz of the New York University School of Medicine compared results from a 1990 survey of medical school seniors with results from a similar survey in 2007.  By and large, the students in 2007 reported better experiences with internal medicine during their medical school training -- 78% said they were highly satisfied with their internal medicine rotation, versus just 38% in 1990 -- and also said that the career provided more "opportunities for meaningful work" in larger numbers (58%, versus 42% in 1990)
January 3, 2014 | Rahul Rekhi, Rahul Rekhi, a student at Stanford University School of Medicine, is currently studying as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University. He served as special assistant to the Maryland secretary of health in 2013
Since its inception more than a century ago, modern medical education has undergone a series of quiet revolutions, stretching and scaling to accommodate advances in biomedical science. Yet this comprehensive expansion in one critical area masks a relative neglect of another. Despite their staggering scope -- spanning genetics to geriatrics, and everything in between -- medical curricula today largely omit training on health policy. The result? Even as today's medical students graduate with a deep scientific fluency, they leave all but illiterate when it comes to the healthcare system.
August 22, 1991 | Associated Press
The number of applicants to U.S. medical schools rose 8.6% in 1990 and is expected to climb about 13% this year, a study says. The study in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Assn. said one possible explanation for the third straight increase is that the "economic environment is making alternative careers such as business less attractive."
June 12, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Before fighting erupted in Syria, the Quneitra crossing served as a vital link between the Druze Arab communities in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the country to which they belonged before the 1967 Middle East war. Now, civilian traffic at the United Nations-supervised crossing, the only one along the cease-fire line between the two countries, has dwindled to virtually nothing, says Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman....
March 27, 1985 | Associated Press
Medical and dental students, eligible for up to $80,000 in government-backed school loans, have used the program to pay for new cars, divorce lawyers and even a trip to Europe while soaring default rates threaten the program with bankruptcy, auditors said today.
November 30, 1999
Medical students completing their training in private hospitals as residents, interns and fellows are entitled to form unions to negotiate wages and hours, a divided National Labor Relations Board has ruled. The 3-2 decision overturned a 23-year precedent that had classified doctors-in-training as students, denying them collective bargaining rights. "Interns, residents and fellows . . .
October 15, 1986 | United Press International
Striking first-year medical students closed off-campus programs of the American University of Beirut today, demanding the transfer of their courses to Christian East Beirut. The Christian students said they called the strike because they are unable to safely cross the Green Line to attend classes at the main campus in Muslim East Beirut.
August 3, 1990 | LISA MASCARO
Just off work at UCI Medical Center, a bleary-eyed Gina Angiola stood before a small crowd Thursday afternoon and told her horror story about falling asleep at the wheel while driving home one night after a typical 36-hour work shift. "I was very, very fortunate I was able to walk away from that accident," said Angiola, a medical student.
April 1, 1990
We, the undersigned medical students, are deeply concerned with the major difficulties facing the estimated 150,000 to 250,000 persons in Orange County who are without any health insurance, private or otherwise--76% of whom are either workers or their dependents. We find it disturbing that in a county with a median income of $43,000 per year, local expenditures for health care are so poor that the county ranks 56th out of 58 California counties in per-capita health care dollars spent from local funds.
June 14, 1995
A group of UC Irvine medical students rose Tuesday to defend their professor, Dr. Ricardo H. Asch, issuing a terse statement of support for the beleaguered physician. About 35 students signed a three-paragraph statement while standing alongside Asch, one of three internationally acclaimed fertility experts accused in court documents of egg-stealing and record-hiding. "Through his work and interactions with us," said the statement sent to UCI Chancellor Laura L. Wilkening, "Dr.
March 15, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
America's future doctors are increasingly interested in become primary-care physicians -- good news for America's future patients. Friday was “Match Day,” the day when fourth-year medical students find out where they'll be doing their internships and residencies. The process resembles sorority rush week: Students and teaching hospitals first try to impress each other, then they rank each other in order of preference. A computer sorts through all those preferences and spits out the matches, which were made public at 1 p.m. Eastern time.
December 12, 2012 | Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
More than 30 incoming medical school students will get a full ride to UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine thanks to a $100-million gift from the school's benefactor. The donation by Geffen, a philanthropist and entertainment executive, will create a scholarship fund to cover the recipients' entire cost of medical school, including tuition, room and board, books and other expenses. "It is a fantastic vote of confidence for higher education," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.
August 19, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Back when my father's life was coming to an end at an excruciatingly slow pace, my brother and I vowed not to die like that, with so much compromise and indignity. But hanging on seems to be the norm in our culture, thanks to advances in medical technology and the widely held opinion that death is optional. Lots of folks seem convinced that even aging is avoidable - if you just keep getting more work done. Is it like that in other cultures? Last week, I chatted with several people who will speak next weekend at a Claremont Lincoln University bioethics conference, discussing cultural and spiritual traditions about dying, among many other topics.
July 16, 2012 | By Erin Loury, Los Angeles Times
As a warm summer evening takes hold, a white delivery truck rolls to a stop at a West Hollywood corner and is joined by a throng of T-shirt clad students. Within minutes a street scene springs to life, full of pop-up canopies, tables, folding chairs and young faces in motion. This is college night - of a different kind. Every Wednesday, UCLA students studying medicine, law and public health transform a nondescript section of sidewalk near Romaine Street and North Sycamore Avenue into an open-air health clinic and help center for the homeless.
May 28, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM — Israeli medical student Mohammad Hijazi seems the ideal candidate to alleviate the country's looming doctor shortage. He graduated first in his high school class, scored in the top 5% of Israel's version of the SAT and rounded out his resume by founding a grass-roots organization that encourages blood donation. Yet for the four years he applied to all five of Israel's medical schools, Hijazi was repeatedly rejected. Officials told him he kept failing the pre-admission personality interview, but the 25-year-old Arab Israeli suspects another reason: He believes that recent changes in the enrollment process are designed to discourage non-Jewish applicants.
February 19, 2012 | Anna Gorman
First-year medical student Hannah Segal sees the same patients and finds herself managing the same ailments during her frequent visits to a community health clinic on downtown Los Angeles' skid row. It's not the most glamorous or desired duty among her USC classmates, many of whom aspire to prestigious, high-paying medical specialties. But her work on the front lines of patient care has helped Segal find her passion. "I'm always really excited to come here," she said. "I get to really problem-solve over time.
November 10, 1994 | RUSS LOAR
Fourteen students at UC Irvine's College of Medicine fell to the pavement, one by one, during the busy lunch hour on campus Wednesday in a demonstration against handguns. It was the second demonstration in two months aimed by the campus chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility at Bryco Arms Inc. Bryco, located in Irvine and Costa Mesa, is the leading U.S.
February 14, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited a health clinic in downtown Los Angeles on Monday and announced more than $9 million in funding to help medical students repay school loans if they agree to work in underserved areas. Sebelius said the program will encourage more students to pursue careers in family medicine and will help relieve a shortage of primary care doctors. "Most Americans who live in underserved areas don't have access to basic care," she said during the visit to Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center.
June 20, 2011 | By Shara Yurkiewicz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ms. R., a retired nurse, lives with her husband in Dorchester. She has two adult children living nearby whom she sees regularly. By the time I get to a patient's social history — almost always elicited last after an exhaustive 25-minute interview — I have about one or two minutes to learn about their marital status and children, who lives with them, other social support, occupation, and hobbies and interests. With my head spinning from trying to create a coherent narrative from non-chronological, incomplete, inaccurate retellings of current and past medical problems, I often go on autopilot: I skimp.
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