The AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) provides transparent recommendations to the government on the resources required to provide a medical service. Yet its role is often mischaracterized and deeply misunderstood.
In his role as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, Bechara Choucair, MD, leverages his experience as an internal medicine physician to empower patients to make the right choices.
The AMA-sponsored Learning Environment Study, which collected data and insights on the medical student experience throughout the four years of medical school, found that both men and women showed an overall decline in attitudes toward empathy from their first to second year of school.
Transitioning from medical school to residency isn’t easy, but it is exciting. Seasoned residents shared what they wish they knew about residency so new residents and medical students know how to prepare.
Physicians should look for their confidential Medicare feedback reports next month. They will detail how the cost and quality of care physicians provided to their Medicare patients last year compares to that of other physicians.
For one physician, treating obesity is all about taking a new approach. It’s more than just diet and exercise for many patients, she said. Her work includes investigating how patients’ environments, such as their sleep patterns, can affect their biology.
Roughly one-half of all hospital admissions come from emergency department (ED) visits, according to a recent study by the RAND Corporation.
It’s funny that no matter how old you are, the autumn season always signals a fresh start. As we move into August and September, my thoughts turn to the students heading back to school, and to the new medical students just joining our ranks.
AMA Wire® readers are sharing their pain in dealing with electronic health records (EHR) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services computer systems and voicing their thoughts on measuring blood pressure accurately.
Medical students are working every day to learn the best ways to treat tomorrow’s patients—but many are having an impact on important health issues today, too. Social media is the perfect place for students and medical schools to share their good work.