Category Archives: Graduate Medical Education

Is Attractive As Important As Smart? 

Admissions: Unfortunately yes, suggests this study which should be required reading for admissions and recruitment committee members.  Regular faculty reviewers of residency applications rated fictitious applications with variable demographic and academic data and application photos which were pre-adjudicated for obesity … Continue reading

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US News And World Report Rankings Remain Deeply Flawed And Far Too Influential 

Rankings: In this thoughtful commentary, the author describes the US News and World Report formula used to rank medical schools and quotes dean Robert Alpen of Yale that “there’s nothing really in (the) formula that is really evaluating the quality … Continue reading

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How Residents And Fellows Navigate The Telephone

Communication: In this qualitative study, researchers interviewed 17 residents and fellows in multiple specialties regarding workplace telephone conversations.  Generally, these trainees felt that they had learned a lot over the years about how to make their telephone interactions more efficient … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Benefits And Harms Of “Close Supervision” Of Residents

Supervision: This single-center rigorous randomized controlled trial of level of attending supervision on a large inpatient general internal medicine service adds data to the debate about the “right” level of resident supervision.  Twenty-two attending physicians were randomized to standard practice or increased work-rounds … Continue reading

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