High Rates of Medical Student Depression: What Do They Say About Our Health System?

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If these explanations were correct, the medical profession could respond by administering psychological tests to medical school applicants and screening out those who appear predisposed to depression. Of course, this might weed out compassionate people who would make especially good physicians. They could also identify such students at an early stage in training and offer services to help them cope more effectively with life in medical school.


AMA Says Trump Immigration Policy Could Affect U.S. Health System

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The letter, sent to reporters via email, requests rapid action, because the order places into limbo foreign medical school graduates whose residency assignments will be decided next month. He also expressed concerns about how the order might affect medical school applicants granted temporary work permits under an Obama Administration program that allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as minors to remain for at least two years.


Michigan Schools, Health System Training Doctors on Opioids

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The University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University are working with the Grand Rapids-based health system on training more physicians as addiction medicine specialists. Officials say there aren't enough specially trained doctors to meet demand -- fewer than 200 statewide and only one in the Upper Peninsula -- as the number of opioid-related deaths has reached an all-time high.


L.A. Unified finds money to expand health benefits despite budget worries

Los Angeles Times

Italy's devestating earthquake, illegal drugs flowing in California's prisons, Kobe Day is today, and the soda tax might be working. Italy's devestating earthquake, illegal drugs flowing in California's prisons, Kobe Day is today, and the soda tax might be working. San Diego's Scripps Center for Coastal Studies, says California beaches are threatened due to sand shortage. San Diego's Scripps Center for Coastal Studies, says California beaches are threatened due to sand shortage.


Creating a learning health system with machine intelligence

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As healthcare systems strive to realize IOM's vision for continuous improvement in care delivery, many are recognizing that they have outgrown their data management and reporting capacity. Those that have turned to new machine-learning approaches have found they can expand capacity and capabilities while reducing administrative burden on clinicians. Here's an example of how one health system used machine-learning tools to improve care delivery for intestinal surgery: Until recently, the health system's surgical services team used traditional methods of hospital data analysis to inform their creation of order sets, protocols, and provider and patient education materials spanning the pre-op, intraoperative and post-op phases of care. Then they applied a "machine intelligence" platform that pairs machine learning algorithms with topological data analysis (TDA)--a mathematical process that uses shape as an organizing principal for understanding complex data. By giving visible form to their data, the health system was able to replicate and validate years of analytical insights in a matter of days.