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How Hands-On Nursing Education Went Online During Pandemic

Jul 31, 2020
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Valorie MacKenna

As a nursing PhD student and teaching assistant at the University of Central Florida, Valorie MacKenna solved an important problem when the pandemic hit: how to move hands-on simulation classes online.

WMFE spoke with MacKenna about what that virtual education looked like and whether it’s the future of health care instruction.

FSU Medical School Draws Warning From Accrediting Organization

Dec 16, 2019

Florida State University’s medical school has received a warning from the organization responsible for accrediting medical schools across the United States and Canada.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Indian and Alaska Native people suffer some of the poorest health outcomes in the United States.

But 90% of U.S. medical schools have three or fewer native students.

Ray and Tom Magliozzi, better known as "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers," stopped recording new episodes of NPR's Car Talk in 2012.

Tom passed away shortly thereafter, in 2014. But the spirit of the show lives on. And if you visit a doctor's office, you just might benefit from it.

When Sarah Spiegel was in her first year at New York Medical College in 2016, she sat in a lecture hall watching a BuzzFeed video about what it's like to be an intersex or a transgender person.

"It was a good video, but it felt inadequate for the education of a class of medical students, soon to be doctors," says Spiegel, now in her third year of medical school.

In 2009, the body that accredits medical schools issued a new requirement: All medical schools must implement policies that help them attract and retain more diverse students. Failure to do so can lead to citations from this body, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and can affect their status as accredited institutions.

Senior medical student Giselle Lynch has plenty of accomplishments to list when she applies for a coveted spot in an ophthalmology residency program this fall.

But one box she won't be able to check when she submits her application is one of the highest academic awards medical students can receive, election to the honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.

In a move it said was to address the large cost of entering a career in medicine, New York University's School of Medicine said Thursday that it will offer full scholarships to all current and future students in its doctor of medicine program.

NYU said it was the "only top 10-ranked" medical school in the U.S. to offer such a generous package.

Monday marked the first day of class for students in Nova Southeastern University's new medical doctorate, or M.D., program. It's the first such program in all of Broward County. 

At the main campus in Davie, the hallways were filled with students wearing new white coats. The class of 53 has been divided into two smaller groups, called learning communities. These groups that will study together and share a mentoring physician. 

The smaller community system is used predominantly in undergraduate programs, not in medical schools.

Being a medical student or resident is hard enough, but what if you have a disability that adds to the challenge?

Nova Southeastern University held it’s 20th annual Celebration of Excellence Ceremony Saturday night. But this year, the two guests of honor - and the first Indian Americans to have a U.S. medical school named after them - have made NSU history. 

The husband and wife duo from Tampa, Drs. Kiran C. Patel and Pallavi Patel, announced an expansion of a donation totaling $225 million. This makes them the largest contributors in the university’s history.

 

Nova Southeastern University will soon offer a full service M.D. program, the only one in Broward County. 

The Davie-based university got preliminary accreditation this week from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education -  the group that certifies med schools across the U.S. and Canada.

Nova will accept 50 students a year in order to keep class sizes small.  

Florida State University is touting its medical school program as well as its diversity.

Inside a classroom at Jacksonville’s Naval Air Station, 13 high school students from Darnell-Cookman High School of the Medical Arts sit at attention.

The students are taking part in the Naval Hospital’s fifth annual internship program, Science, Service, Medicine & Mentoring. The program aims to engage the next generation of military medical practitioners.


Medical Training So Dark Many Students Depict Supervisors As Monsters – Literally

Dec 9, 2015
Kaiser Health news- Courtesy of Trey Banbury via JAMA

How stressful is medical training? So bad that in a class encouraging medical students to express emotion by drawing comics, nearly half depicted their supervisors as monsters.

Since 2003, strict rules have limited how long medical residents can work without a break. The rules are supposed to minimize the risk that these doctors-in-training will make mistakes that threaten patients' safety because of fatigue.

But are these rules really the best for new doctors and their patients? There's been intense debate over that and some say little data to resolve the question.

So a group of researchers decided to follow thousands of medical residents at dozens of hospitals around the country.

The owner of the now-defunct Dade Medical College, Ernesto Perez, has been charged with making illegal campaign contributions. 

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The University of Central Florida announced a five-year deal with the country’s largest for-profit hospital chain to train doctors after graduation, with the hope that those slots will mean as many as 550 doctors will stick around Florida to practice medicine.

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Officials with the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine say they have the kind of dilemma most schools would envy - a record number of students applying for this year's class.

A total of 5,235 students applied for a slot in the class starting medical school this month, up 24 percent from a year earlier.

In addition, secondary applications, which are sent to students the school is interested in, came in from 2,920 students. That's an increase of 28 percent from a year earlier.

If the University of South Florida wants more state money to build a new medical school, they first need to decide where they want to build it.

That was the caveat laid down by the Florida Board of Governors' faculty committee at a meeting in Jupiter Wednesday.

FL Nursing Forecast: 50,000 Short

Jul 22, 2014
University of Central Florida

Based on current trends, Florida will be short by more than 50,000 registered nurses by the year 2025, a nursing expert warned a committee of the State University System's Board of Governors on Monday.

While the number of nurse training programs in the state has doubled in the past four years, most of the students are emerging as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses with just a two-year or associate's degree from college.

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Did Dr. Stephen Klasko pull his name from consideration for the position as chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center due to questions about discrepancies on his resume? 

That seems to be the theory proposed by newspapers in both Tampa and Omaha.

And the issues aren't related to his education or his work experience - they appear to be over when exactly he ran a number of marathons.

If it's a Monday, you can usually find Dr. David Brown parked next to a lake in Miami, spending the day inside a 36-foot-long RV. He's not on vacation.

Brown is chief of family medicine at Florida International University's medical school. The RV is the school's mobile health clinic.

Michael Ellison has a tough assignment. He's the associate dean of admissions choosing the first class of a brand new medical school, the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

"We have over 1,600 applicants, and we will interview 400 for 60 spots," Ellison says.

The school has a very specific mission: minting doctors who want to go into primary care practice.

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After the grind of medical school comes the joyous day when doctors-to-be find out where they will complete their training. That day was Friday. 

Florida International University had a lot to celebrate: Every student in its first-ever medical-school graduating class made a match, and the good news for patients is that more than half the 33 graduates plan to go into primary care and one-third will stay in Florida for their training, the Miami Herald reports. 

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Of 51 Florida doctors who never paid back their federal school loans, more than half are chiropractors, according to federal data compiled by Scripps Howard News Service.

While the state Health Department and professional boards can take action in such cases, they are slow to move. It took Florida’s Health Department eight years after a court found a chiropractor in default to issue an “emergency” suspension order.

In the wake of faculty fury over layoffs and budget cuts, the second-highest executive at UM’s Miller School of Medicine has announced plans to step down.