Author Archives: DR MERL Reviews

Beware The Predatory Medical Journal!

Publishing: Anyone wishing to publish in open access medical journals should read this article first. The authors offer a comprehensive “red flag” checklist of bad practices to help avoid falling prey to illegitimate journals.   Things to look out for: Is … Continue reading

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Maybe You Shouldn’t Be A Doctor

Perspective: This thoughtful perspective is required reading for all educators who deal with struggling learners.  They cite troubling evidence that a vast majority of educators think that many institutions “had graduated students who should not have graduated,” and they speculate on the … Continue reading

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Communication During and After Residency Interviews Causes Applicant Distress

Match: The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), The Institutional, Program, and Applicant Match Participation Agreement (MPA), and the code of conduct (COC) are clear in stressing the importance of avoiding inappropriate and coercive tactics during the interviews and in follow-up … Continue reading

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How The Experts Visualize Professionalism Remediation

Professionalism: In this qualitative study, the authors interviewed experienced educators about their professionalism remediation processes.  These experts visualized a 3-stage process, with all 3 stages not being necessary in every case.  During the first phase, “explore and understand”, the main … Continue reading

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Is Going To Medical School Depressing?

Depression: Yes, for many of us.  Researchers surveyed more than 3,000 medical students in year 1 and year 4 with surveys including validated scales for depression, stress, coping methods, and social support.  Predictors of depression in year 4 were found via multivariate … Continue reading

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Money Talks, To Residents Too

Debt: This survey of family medicine residents regarding debt burden and future employment plans had predictable but sobering findings. Firstly, 60% of these residents had a debt burden of more than $150,000, and 45% of residents with a DO degree … Continue reading

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How Long Should That Clerkship Be?

Clerkship: It looks like we have no idea.  Researchers looked at a “natural experiment” in clerkship length during a curriculum change at the University of Michigan Medical School.  During this transition, all clerkship lengths were decreased by 25%.  For example … Continue reading

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