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Could Ebola Virus in Africa Spread to North America?

The deadly Ebola virus crisis is not quite over in Africa despite containment efforts. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed 108 deaths and a cumulative total of 168 “clinically compatible” cases in Guinea as of April 14, 2014 (http://www.afro.who.int/en/media-centre/pressreleases/item/6429-ebola-virus-disease-west-africa-situation-as-of-14-april-2014.html). Approximately 100 deaths in Guinea and Liberia have been linked to the disease, which officials believe started in January, according to the Associated Press. Many wonder if the virus, which is spread through the blood or

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Increase in International Medical School Grads Matching to 1st-Year Positions for 11th Consecutive Year, ECFMG Says

Good news for graduates of international medical schools: Statistics released by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical School Graduates (ECFMG) in a media statement on its website (http://www.ecfmg.org/) say for the 12th consecutive year, “the number of first-year (PGY-1) residency positions through the National Resident Matching Program ® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match® increased,” with a total of 26, 678 first-year positions offered in the 2014 Match. This “represents an increase of 540 positions compared to

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Med Students & the Affordable Care Act: Preparing for Changes

The Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) is finally the law of the land, the March 31st deadline to sign up has passed, and there are millions of newly insured Americans. What does this mean for students at U.S. and Caribbean medical schools preparing for a career in medicine? The UMHS Pulse looks at two informative articles delineating ways the new health-care law is changing the American medical world and how you can adapt to bring the

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UMHS AMWA Chapter Hosts ‘Conquering an MD in Heels’ Event with 2014 Graduate Dr. Courtney Kohn

The newly established UMHS chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) held their inaugural event last week on March 31, 2014. Leana Ritchie, social chair of the AMWA, sent us the following report for the UMHS Pulse. We are glad to hear how these young women are making a difference both at UMHS, and in the world of medicine. AMWA welcomed UMHS 2014 graduate Dr. Courtney Kohn to speak at their first event, “Conquering

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