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Training Geriatric Cardiologists for an Aging Population: Time to Get Going

Our society is aging—20% of the US population will be aged more than 65 years by 2030, and the number of the “oldest old,” those aged more than 85 years, will triple by 2050. Cardiovascular disease prevalence increases exponentially with age, and direct costs for cardiovascular care in the United States will exceed $800 billion […]

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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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James E. Dalen, MD, AJM Associate Editor

Organic Chem or Nutrition as a Pre-Med Requirement?

Success in an undergraduate course in organic chemistry is one of the master keys needed to unlock the door to medical school. Organic chemistry became a requirement for admission to allopathic medical schools in 1930.1 In 2015 it continues to be required by 84% of allopathic medical schools and is recommended by an additional 11%.2 It is […]

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Diagnostic Utility of Food Terminology

Physicians use food to describe the body: Analogies add flavor, provide a lingua franca for description, and offer a mnemonic. Presenting medicine in food descriptors makes a boundless field easier to digest. We present a selection of food terms pertaining to physical diagnosis. Skin Food terminology provides a tasteful way to describe sometimes unsightly cutaneous disorders. Warts […]

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CME Course Updates Physicians on Parkinson’s Disease Care

The American Journal of Medicine has a new continuing medical education (CME) course on Parkinson’s disease on our website: An Update on Parkinson’s Disease: Improving Patient Outcomes Neurologists are faced with many challenges in caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). This chronic, long-term illness that affects at least one million people in the United […]

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