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Medical body admits it didn't have full backup plan for crashed doctor test

Australasian College of Physicians apologises to 1,200 students in Australia and New Zealand after online test fail The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has conceded it did not have a complete backup plan for a crucial trainee doctor exam that crashed while being held online for the first time. Show More Summary

Hydroxychloroquine no more effective than placebo for relieving osteoarthritis hand pain

(American College of Physicians) Hydroxychloroquine is no more effective than placebo for relieving moderate to severe hand pain and radiographic osteoarthritis. The findings of a randomized trial are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

MKSAP: 82-year-old woman with left-sided headaches

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. An 82-year-old woman is evaluated for a 2-week history of left-sided headaches with pain on chewing, accompanied by achiness in the shoulders and hips. Show More Summary

The challenge of the worried well

A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. I recently saw a 35-year-old patient of mine who came into clinic requesting brain imaging. Although she had no specific symptoms, she had a friend who was diagnosed with a brain tumor several months ago and is concerned about the possibility that she […]

Opioid use increases risk for serious invasive pneumococcal infections

(American College of Physicians) Opioid use is associated with a significantly increased risk for serious invasive pneumococcal infections, such as pneumonia and meningitis.

MKSAP 27-year-old woman with type 1 diabetes mellitus

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 27-year-old woman is evaluated for management of her type 1 diabetes mellitus. She was diagnosed 10 years ago. She has no known complications from her diabetes. She eats a healthy diet and exercises an average of 60 minutes per day […]

American College of Rheumatology Praises Congressional Leaders for Passing Spending Bill that Includes Part B Fix, Therapy Caps Repeal

The American College of Rheumatology praises Congressional leaders for passing today's sweeping spending agreement, which includes a technical provision reversing a CMS policy that would have linked physicians' quality payment adjustments to Medicare Part B drug costs starting in 2019.

Drinking hot tea associated with a 5-fold increased risk for esophageal cancer

(American College of Physicians) Consuming hot tea at high temperatures is associated with an increased risk for esophageal cancer in those who also drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.

MKSAP: 75-year-old man with very severe COPD

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 75-year-old man is seen for routine follow-up for very severe COPD. He has constant dyspnea and air hunger and spends most of the day in a chair. He has had no change in baseline cough and sputum production. He has […]

Let academic physicians recover more of their clinical revenue. Here’s why.

I spent considerable time after college working in academic labs being indoctrinated with the theory that publication is the currency of academic value and that researchers should always want to have their work printed in the journal...Show More Summary

NHS staff shortages leave doctors working in a system that isn’t safe | Letters

Letters from Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, and Dr Antonia Moore, a salaried GP It seems astonishing to block appropriately qualified doctors from working here when the NHS is under such pressure (Doctors’ visas: Overseas hires thwarted by pay threshold, 24 January). Show More Summary

Physicians: Beware lifestyle inflation

At some point in our lives, most of us have learned to live on very little.  For example, if you’ve ever been a college student, you’ve mastered the art of living in the same house with a dozen other people, finding free meals, and using public transportation. Back in the early 2000’s, when I was […]

MKSAP: 55-year-old woman after bariatric surgery

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 55-year-old woman is evaluated during a routine examination. She underwent biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch...Show More Summary

The story of how this physician got into debt

When I was a young lad, just heading off to college, I had no debt. I had no credit cards. My family didn’t use debt for purchases other than buying our house. I really didn’t have any knowledge about how to best use debt. My student loan package included a scholarship, a work-study program and […]

109 Healthcare Groups Urge Congress to Immediately Reverse CMS Policy Linking Physician Payment Adjustments to Part B Drug Costs

More than 100 of the nation's leading patient and provider organizations - including the American College of Rheumatology - are urging Congressional leaders to immediately reverse a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that will create enormous financial uncertainty for specialty providers and jeopardize patient access to vital Part B drug therapies.

What can be done to prevent alcohol-impaired driving fatalaties?

(American College of Physicians) A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) outlines a framework for preventing alcohol-impaired driving fatalities.

Normal tissue BRCA1 methylation associated with risk for high-grade ovarian cancer

(American College of Physicians) Normal tissue BRCA1 methylation is associated with risk for high-grade ovarian cancer and may occur as a prenatal event. These findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

MKSAP: 65-year-old man with chronic kidney disease

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 65-year-old man is evaluated during a follow-up visit for stage G3b/A3 chronic kidney disease due to diabetic nephropathy. He reports doing well with good baseline exercise tolerance and no shortness of breath. Medical history is also significant for type 2 […]

Are physicians losing the healing touch?

A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. I keenly remember the thrill of making my way to the medical bookstore as an early first-year student to buy my first stethoscope. Although receiving the short white coat at the start of medical school symbolizing the transition into the medical profession was […]

How Physician Recruiters Can Overcome a Persistent Shortage of Candidates

The United States healthcare system is on the verge of a serious physician deficiency. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a report in April, 2016, revealing some very real statistics. The AAMC report estimates that by the year […]

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