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Hospitalists, Medical Education, and U.S. Health Care Costs

  Hospitalists are general internists whose full-time practice is to treat hospitalized patients. They are the fastest-growing medical specialty in the United States. They increased in number from 4000 in the year 2000 to 50,000 in 20161 and now are the largest subspecialty in internal medicine. By 2016, nearly all teaching hospitals and 75% of all […]

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Death or Debt? National Estimates of Financial Toxicity in Persons with Newly-Diagnosed Cancer

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of cancer upon a patient’s net worth and debt in the US. Methods This longitudinal study used the Health and Retirement Study from 1998–2014. Persons ≥50 years with newly-diagnosed malignancies were included, excluding minor skin cancers. Multivariable generalized linear models assessed changes in net worth […]

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A Service Commitment to Fund Your Medical Education

Student debt continues to explode, decreasing the attractiveness of a career in Medicine.1 The average US medical student graduates with about $190,000 in student loans,2 and many are even further in hock. The average Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) graduates even deeper in the hole, with $240,000 of student loans.3 Or, marry another medical student and double your […]

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Cardiology Consultation in the Emergency Department

Re-hospitalization after discharge for acute decompensated heart failure is a common problem. Low-socioeconomic urban patients suffer high rates of re-hospitalization and often over-utilize the emergency department (ED) for their care. We hypothesized that early consultation with a cardiologist in the ED can reduce re-hospitalization and health care costs for low-socioeconomic urban patients with acute decompensated […]

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Physician Exposure to Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Marketing

The American Medical Association’s 2015 recommendation to ban direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs reflected a strong consensus that this form of marketing is a significant contributor to increased drug costs. It is well documented that many patients request drugs they have seen advertised on television and that physicians often acquiesce to these requests.1, 2, 3, 4 But the […]

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Research Round-Up on Equality: Elsevier Tribute to International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Elsevier Connect published an impressive list of articles on gender equality which published in Elsevier journals. Scroll down to the Labor and Economy section to find The American Journal of Medicine’s contribution. From Elsevier Connect… Gender Equality? What Research Reveals From politics and business to health […]

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