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December 2007

Medical Student Perspectives: Balancing Medical School and Personal Life

Medical school is challenging and time-consuming. It requires focus and dedication. If the appropriate affection is not provided, medical school will divorce you.

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My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists: LuAnn Aquino, MD

When Dr. LuAnn Aquino got the measles as a little girl, her mother took her to the family doctor. Unlike many children, she wasn’t scared. In fact, she looked forward to it because she had such affection for her doctor.

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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: Touro University Nevada

Where the rest of the world comes to live their latest hedonistic ventures, the Nevada campus of the Touro University College of Medicine holds down the fort in medical education.

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Winning Abstracts from the 2007 Medical Student Abstract Competition: Medical Students Have Misconceptions About Standard Precautions and Biosafety Measures

Medical students are at a very high risk of acquiring health-care related infectious diseases. Students represent the third most frequent group with exposure accidents. Students are frequently exposed to blood and other body fluids when they perform invasive procedures during their training, therefore, their knowledge in biosafety measures is essential to prevent such accidents. We propose to evaluate the training of medical students in terms of biosafety to manage these procedures.

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Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology is a branch of Cardiology that manages complex cardiac arrhythmias with the use of implantable pacemakers and cardioverter-defibrillators, and also applies other interventional techniques and treatments.

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Advocacy Brief: Department of Education Reaffirms No Change in Economic Hardship Deferment

The Department of Education recently confirmed that the debt-to-income ratio (20/220) qualifying pathway for economic hardship will not be changed as a result of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

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New ACP Ethics Paper: Patient Welfare Comes First in Quality and Cost Control Efforts

A new ethics paper, developed by the ACP Committee on Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights and released in the December 4th issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, highlights the need for increased sensitivity toward patient care in pay-for-performance (P4P) programs.

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ACP Offers Recommendations for U.S. Health Care System

ACP offers suggestions to reform the U.S. health care in “Achieving a High Performance Health Care System with Universal Access: What the USA Can Learn from Other Countries,” a new evidence-based paper published in the December issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Benefits of Membership for Students: ACP's free Medical Student Membership includes benefits designed especially to meet students' needs.

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