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I am a third-year medical student, and I have four school-aged
children. In general, I have found being a parent while in medical
school to be more good than bad. It does require a bit of juggling,
a lot of support, and the willingness to be less than perfect (that
one has been tough). Read on to find out some of the "special"
challenges faced by students who are also parents.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Dr. Stanford says she remembers
always wanting to be a doctor. When she was just three years old, a
great aunt asked her if she was going to grow up and be a nurse, to
which the young Fatima replied, "not nurse, doctor." For Dr.
Stanford, academic achievement was a goal instilled in her at an
early age by her maternal grandmother who tutored her so well in
her pre-school years she was able to skip first grade. Her father,
a fine artist, and her mother, a corporate director with Macy's
encouraged their daughter's passion for learning and introduced her
to their physician friends who became her early mentors.
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This project evaluated Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) methodology in
changing opioid prescribing practice to comply with state
legislation while monitoring its effect on aberrant behaviors.
The discipline of sports medicine primarily concerns itself with
the emergency assessment and care of acutely injured athletes,
diagnosis, treatment and management of common sports injuries and
illnesses, management of medical problems of the athlete,
rehabilitation of ill and injured athletes, and exercise as
Low back pain has a lifetime prevalence of nearly 80% and is the
fifth most common reason for physician visits in the United States
(1). It is also costly, accounting for a large and increasing
proportion of health care expenditures without evidence of
corresponding improvements in outcomes (2). Most low back pain is
due to nonspecific musculoskeletal strain, and episodes generally
resolve within days to a few weeks with self-care. Up to one third
of patients, however, reports persistent back pain of at least
moderate intensity 1 year after an acute episode, and 1 in 5 report
substantial limitations in activity (3). Because low back pain is
common, chronic, and can lead to substantial disability, it is
important that physicians be proficient with its evaluation and
In the Clinic is a monthly feature in Annals of Internal
Medicine that focuses on practical management of patients with
common clinical conditions. It offers evidence-based answers to
frequently asked questions about screening, prevention, diagnosis,
therapy, and patient education and provides physicians with tools
to improve the quality of care. Many internal medicine clerkship
directors recommend this series of articles for students on the
internal medicine ambulatory rotation.
Early interventions overlooked in OA
Osteoarthritis has been somewhat neglected, according to a recently
formed consortium that's advocating for more proactive diagnosis
and intervention. Earlier screening and a less reactive approach
might head off some of the worst of the functioning difficulties
and related treatment costs.
Do work hours reduce medical errors?
I have supported medical education reform advocating that medical
residents and interns should not be worked to exhaustion and yet be
expected to administer high quality and compassionate care to ill
patients. I had believed that somnambulating medical interns were
more likely to harm patients with careless care. I believed that
this was true because it seemed entirely self-evident.
Yourself: From the MKSAP case studies
A 55-year-old man is evaluated in the emergency department after
experiencing fever and chills yesterday evening and bilateral arm
pain and a rash on the upper extremities upon awakening this
morning. The patient ate raw oysters from the Gulf Coast 3 nights
ago. He was recently diagnosed with hemochromatosis. Which pathogen
is most likely causing the patient's current findings?
Michelle Mourad, MD, ACP Member: Time to teach
Everybody believes somebody should do it, but nobody has the time
to figure out whose job it is. Such is the problematic status of
patient discharge education.
Story: The prescription for pain management
Physicians can wield considerable influence to ease the suffering
of patients in pain, starting with identifying the optimal drug and
administering it before pain escalates.
Practice: Yes, sickle cell is a pain: Tips and programs for
improving inpatient sickle cell care
For most patients, dealing with pain will be a temporary issue. For
sickle cell patients, it's a lifetime struggle.
Yourself: MKSAP quiz on sickle cell anemia
These cases and commentary, which address sickle cell anemia, are
excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program