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Beyond Primary Care: Which Specialties Are Needed in Growing Physician Shortage

The upcoming physician shortage is not strictly limited to Primary Care, medical experts say. The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) reported this winter that there are other in-demand specialties. In addition, Merritt Hawkins and Associates, a national physician search and consulting firm, released a report last year listing numerous specialties in medicine, from psychiatry to neurology, in need of new doctors because established physicians in many fields are nearing retirement age. The UMHS Pulse

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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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