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The Five-Minute Moment

In today’s hospital and clinic environment, the obstacles to bedside teaching for both faculty and trainees are considerable. As electronic health record systems become increasingly prevalent, trainees are spending more time performing patient care tasks from computer workstations, limiting opportunities to learn at the bedside. Physical examination skills rarely are emphasized, and low confidence levels, […]

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CME: LDL Cholesterol Lowering: How & How Low?

The American Journal of Medicine website has posted a new continuing medical education module on lowering cholesterol. LDL Cholesterol Lowering: How and How Low? Program Overview The latest American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association lipid management guidelines make two general statements: 1) that elevated LDL cholesterol levels should be treated with the drug class proven […]

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CME: Improving Outcomes Among Asthma Patients

A new American Journal of Medicine continuing education program– Strategies to Improve Outcomes in Patients with Asthma– will provide physicians with imperative information about the rationale of asthma control for each stage of disease. Expert panel will discuss biomarkers of disease activity, new biologics and the asthma and COPD overlap syndrome among other relevant topics. […]

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Inpatient Housestaff Discontinuity of Care and Patient Adverse Events

  For more than a decade, the medical community has been concerned about continuity of care. Concern began when the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education implemented national duty hour limitations in 2003. These rules became more restrictive in 2010. The current rules include an 80-hour-per-week limit, no more than 16 hours consecutively (for interns) or 28 […]

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Contemporary Role for Digoxin in Heart Failure

Physicians who see patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) must deal with these patients’ symptoms of exercise intolerance, fatigue, and congestion that often lead to hospitalization, despite correct application of guideline-recommended life-prolonging therapies. The result is the current cost of $30 billion spent annually for HF hospitalizations alone, and given the […]

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