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Is that surgery really necessary? Ensuring the Medical Necessity of Care

July 30, 2014

Prescribing unnecessary medical tests, procedures, hospitalizations and surgeries has become an epidemic worldwide. The rates of caesarian sections, for instance, vary widely. While globally the C section rate in public hospitals is 10 percent, it reaches an alarming 98 percent in Brazil’s private hospitals, and 40 percent in private hospitals worldwide…

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Career and Culture: A Med Student’s View

July 25, 2014
By Jonah P. Zuflacht

If applying to medical school involves convincing others why you wish to become a doctor, medical school itself initiates the process of determining what kind of doctor you will become. For the most part, our nation’s future physicians make the transition with at least some vague notions in mind: “I’m interested in surgery” or “Working with kids has always appealed to me.” Others, meanwhile, have more specific aspirations: “Pediatric cardiology with a focus on Marfan syndrome” or “Interventional neuroradiology at an academic medical center.”

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards $2 million to Lown Institute

July 23, 2014 (Boston, MA)–Lown Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the relationship between the doctor and patient and protecting patients from inappropriate tests and treatments, has received a $2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The funding will support the RightCare Alliance, an initiative aimed at increasing clinician awareness of overuse and creating tools to foster change in the ways that doctors deliver care.

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In Memoriam: Jessie Gruman

July 17, 2014

I did not know Jessie Gruman for very long, and I met her in person only four times, but I find myself grieving deeply to have lost a friend so soon. From the moment I first saw her, it was instantly clear that she was simply extraordinary. When we asked her to participate in our last conference in December…

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Editorial: Defending Good Science

July 16, 2014

Cholesterol-lowering statins are the best selling drugs in the history of the world, despite recent controversy about whether or not they should be used in healthy people at low risk for heart attacks and strokes. Now there’s a new wrinkle in this argument…

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