Blog | Tuesday, August 3, 2010

QD: News Every Day--IMGs, iPads and medical education


A report in Health Affairs found no significant difference in mortality between patients treated by a U.S.-educated doctor or an international medical graduate (IMG), a group that makes up one-fourth of all doctors practicing in the U.S. The study looked at 244,153 hospitalizations of patients with congestive heart failure or acute heart attack in Pennsylvania.

Patients of IMGs had the lowest mortality rate, while patients of U.S.-born, foreign-trained doctors had the highest. U.S.-born and trained doctors fell in between. The lead author is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research in Philadelphia. (Health Affairs, Reuters)

Stanford plans to provide all first-year medical students with a 32 GB WiFi iPad. The students are already familiar with them, the tablet enhances how they view course content and take notes, it allows better access to textbooks and it's environmentally friendly.

Good thing they'll becomes doctors, because one blogger says the iPad is an ergonomic nightmare. It's too heavy to use for long stretches, and even Steve Jobs has to be a contortionist to balance it while reading. (Scope-Stanford School of Medicine, Suite101.com)

Medicaid funding
The U.S. Senate rejected adding $16 billion more to states to help them cover Medicaid funding over concerns of adding to the federal deficit. The measure will be resubmitted for voting this morning, broken down in a way that is offset by cuts elsewhere. (The Hill)