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Vamsi Aribindi
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As an Intern, I Support the ACGME's Increased Duty Hour Limits
Last month, the ACGME formally increased its work-hour limits for resident physicians, a change that was widely covered in the press. This decision has also been significantly mis-reported.  While it may seem like all residents will now work for longer hour...

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An Intern writes in Support of the ACGME's Increased Duty Hour limits
Last month, the ACGME formally increased its work-hour limits for resident physicians, a change that was widely covered in the press. This decision has also been significantly mis-reported.  While it may seem like all residents will now work for longer hour...

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A Response to the Volume Pledge
Dr. Pronovost is a leading figure in the patient safety movement, and is someone greatly admire.  His work with surgical checklists is touted by Dr. Atul Gawande as having saved more lives than any researcher in the past decade.  However, I disagree with hi...

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How much is a human life worth? It's a Question we Need to Answer
With the election of Donald Trump, there has been much speculation about his plans for the ACA- speculation that rose again after the announcement that Dr. Tom Price, MD, is to be appointed as his Secretary of Health and Human Services.  But the reality is ...

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When will the Medical Bureaucracy learn that Performance Metrics in Healthcare can be Lethal?
Yet another scandal regarding performance incentives in healthcare has surfaced.  This time, the area is transplant medicine .  It was reported that the demands by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for extremely low complication and death rates (wi...

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When will the Medical Bureaucracy learn that Performance Metrics in Healthcare can be Lethal?
Yet another scandal regarding performance incentives in healthcare has surfaced.  This time, the area is transplant medicine .  It was reported that the demands by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for extremely low complication and death rates (wi...

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Questions to ask When Picking a Medical School if You Want to be a Good Doctor
I graduated medical school this May from the Keck School of Medicine of USC.  And only now can I speak about what I should have cared about when picking a medical school in the first place.  Originally, I had picked USC for a unique medical engineering prog...

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Is the FDA's "Ban" on Gay Men Donating their Blood Discriminatory?
In the wake of the horrific Orlando shootings , there has been renewed attention given to the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) so-called ban on blood donations from Gay men.   A congressman called the ban discriminatory, and demanded it's repeal- a c...

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Trump's 7 point healthcare plan is impressing libertarians and others. Here's why it's actually just as stupid as everything else he says.
Donald Trump's healthcare plan has started to make the rounds.  People are impressed!  It seems simple.  It seems to make sense.  It gives hope to who hate Democrats but are disheartened by Trump's stated policies to ban Muslims from the US , build an ineff...

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Politics and Medicine: Hillary Clinton's Health Risks
This presidential campaign has been alternately amusing and terrifying, courtesy of the antics of Donald Trump.  The prospect of someone who feels the need to boast about the size of his penis during a presidential debate having his small, small hands on th...
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