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News in Brief: Week of March 4-8
By News Staff
AAMC Report Details Rising Cost of U.S. Medical Education
According to a Feb. 26 press release from the AAMC, the median student debt level in 2012 was about $170,000, which represents an increase of 5 percent from 2011. Gender, race, ethnicity and family income were not significant factors associated with debt levels. Report authors also noted that education debt did not play much of a role in students' choice of medical specialty.
The report is based on data from two AAMC annual surveys: the Graduation Questionnaire and the Tuition and Student Fees Survey.
Effective Patient Safety Strategies Outlined in AHRQ Report
According to an executive summary of the report, strategies addressed in the "top10" list include use of
- preoperative and anesthesia checklists,
- interventions to reduce urinary catheter use,
- multicomponent interventions to reduce pressure ulcers, and
- hand hygiene protocols.
HRSA Seeks Nominations for Expert Advisory Committee
The NAC serves as a forum that identifies priorities and acts as a sounding board for proposed policy changes for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).
HRSA is looking for individuals with a background in primary care, dental health or mental health and who have currently or previously filled a role as site administrators, physicians, dentists, mid-level professionals, mental or behavioral professionals, or NHSC scholars or loan repayers.
HRSA also wants professionals with expertise in one or more of the following areas:
- working with underserved populations,
- health care policy,
- recruitment and retention,
- site administration,
- customer service,
- organizational partnerships,
- research, and
- clinical practice.
Vaccine Stakeholders Invited to Attend 2D Barcoding Pilot Education Forum
The forum is part of a pilot project launched by the CDC in response to the FDA's 2011 publication of its revised "Guidance for Industry: Bar Code Label Requirements -- Questions and Answers," which allowed vaccine manufacturers to begin seeking the agency's permission to use alternative coding technologies in place of the standard linear bar codes, as well as results from a study on the impact of 2D barcoded vaccines. A major portion of the project is a pilot implementation involving 10 CDC immunization program grantees, more than 200 immunization provider sites -- including a number of family physician practices -- and two vaccine manufacturers.
The educational forum aims to engage the immunization community in presentations and discussions about the implications of employing 2D barcoding technology on vaccine products with regard to immunizers' inventory management and administration workflows. In addition, CDC officials will discuss specifics of the ongoing pilot project, lessons learned to date and early findings. Registration for the forum is available online, as is a preliminary meeting agenda (3-page PDF; About PDFs).
News in Brief: Week of March 4-8