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Burn Bright I: Reflections on the Burnout Epidemic (Part One of a Two-Part Series)

I’m not alone in having experienced burnout and its consequences. One of the hardest working and most successful in my medical school class, I experienced early predictors of later struggles: I would get anxious whenever I had to go on away rotations, partly because of being far from my family, friends, and community support network […]

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Parental Leave in Graduate Medical Education: Recommendations for Reform

Becoming a new parent during residency or fellowship training is challenging and may adversely affect attainment of professional goals or even guide career specialty choice based on perceived work–life balance.1 The increase of female medical students in US medical schools to approximately 50% of graduates parallels the increase in pregnancies among females during graduate medical education […]

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Reform in House Staff Working Hours and Clinical Supervision

  When we were medical interns (WHF and JSA), training in 1969, the weekday work schedule on the ward services was 36 hours on and 12 hours off. Every other weekend, there was a shift from Saturday morning to late Monday afternoon, 56 straight hours. We were off 1 Sunday every 2 weeks. There were […]

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Career-Focused Mentoring for Early-Career Clinician Educators in Academic General Internal Medicine

  Clinician educators (CE) serve vital roles in academic medicine by providing clinical care, applying educational theory to practice, training future physicians, producing scholarship, serving as administrators, and consulting with other professionals.1 Clinician educators in general internal medicine work in outpatient and inpatient settings, some as hospitalists. Despite their essential contributions, clinician educators face challenges in […]

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Cardiologists Receive Little Nutrition Education in Med School (video)

Writing in the American Journal of Medicine, Devries et al reported that “a large proportion of cardiovascular specialists have received minimal medical education and training in nutrition, and current trainees continue to experience significant education and training gaps.” In the video, AJM Editor-in-Chief Joseph S. Alpert, MD, suggests that nutrition education might be more important […]

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The United State of Medicine: Healing Identity Confusion

Having uniquely evolved the ability to communicate via speech, humans developed communally shared sounds, which collectively comprise language to represent objects as well as abstract ideas. Although these shared sounds are meant to convey shared meanings, the continuous process of history often changes how those meanings are interpreted and sometimes invalidates the original purpose. For […]

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