The Immigration Ban and The Physician Workforce

Harvard and MIT economists analyzed data regarding the contribution of physicians from banned countries to the health care workforce in the U.S.

from Health Affairs

The Executive Order restricting visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen has many legal, political, and moral implications. But here we will focus on the medical implications of the executive order, by considering its impact on the physician workforce in the United States and the patients that rely on these immigrant doctors.

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With Role Models, Can Minority Students Change Medicine’s Racial Imbalance?

The challenge is figuring out how to get more minorities into the field.

from STAT

Eight of Melissa Cornett’s 10 children want to be doctors. The oldest, at 29, hopes to become a family physician; the youngest, who’s “almost 9,” wants to be an ER doctor. Although they all have endured the typical bumps, bruises, and medical crises of childhood, they’ve only ever met two doctors who were black, like them.

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Teaching Medical Students to Challenge ‘Unscientific’ Racial Categories

Medical students looking to score high on their board exams sometimes get a bit of uncomfortable advice: Embrace racial stereotypes.

from STAT

Medical school curricula traditionally leave little room for nuanced discussions about the impact of race and racism on health, physicians and sociologists say. Instead, students learn to see race as a diagnostic shortcut, as lectures, textbooks, and scientific journal articles divide patients by racial categories, reinforcing the idea that race is biological. That mind-set can lead to misdiagnoses, such as treating sickle cell anemia as a largely “black” disease.

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Patients Expect Doctors to Help Share Health Records with Other Providers

There’s a fundamental shift towards patients having more control of their data and more say in how those data move.

from Modern Healthcare

The push for interoperability comes not just from the government and vendors but from patients themselves, who want their data to easily move with them and who expect, sometimes incorrectly, that those data do indeed do that and that their providers help the process along.

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3 Ways to Mitigate Implicit Bias in the Exam Room

Concrete steps that can be taken to make patients more comfortable in the exam room.

from AMA Wire

Bias can be explicit and intentional, or implicit and unintentional. But when a physician senses that bias may be affecting patient care, there are some concrete actions that can be taken to make patients feel more comfortable in the exam room.

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Who Treats You Matters

Some ER doctors are three times more likely than others to prescribe opioids.

from STAT

Whether patients leave a hospital emergency room with a prescription for opioid painkillers may well depend on one, often random factor: which doctor treats them. And a new study suggests that chance encounter can have far-reaching impact, possibly setting up some patients to become long-term users of the drugs.

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