Medical Education

Core & Advanced Competencies For Echocardiographers

Core & Advanced Competencies For Echocardiographers As the art and science of echocardiography deepens in complexity and nuance, training programs that aspire to a superior level III curriculum must commit to providing complex and in-depth clinical exposure, including opportunities to practice and to refine point-of-care skills.   A recent ACC feature article  (Oct. 8, 2019) reviews…

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How (and Why) to Keep up with Emerging Medicine

Emerging Medicine

Staying on top of emerging medicine is vital for providing the best care to patients and has multiple benefits for physicians. For patients, the benefits are obvious. Medical knowledge is constantly changing, and frequently, practices that were once considered “best practice” are now overturned by new clinical trials. For physicians, those who keep actively learning…

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Common Education Improves Physician Communication

Physician Communication During Handoffs

Patient handoffs are a major source of anxiety for physicians, and with good reason. The handoff is one of the most dangerous periods during an episode of care. Nearly two-thirds of the most serious preventable medical errors are due to communication failures, especially during handoffs. To improve handoffs (and patient care in general) many organizations…

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Three Tips for Chief Residents and Fellows

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Chiefs play a vital role in ensuring that residents and fellows are performing at a high level and providing good care to patients. A recent study on remediating struggling residents found that the chief resident was often the first person to notice a resident’s problem behavior (84% of the time). Since residents and fellows often…

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How Much Knowledge Do Physicians Lose over Time?

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You’ve probably already heard the statistics about how quickly medical knowledge is doubling (in 2010, medical knowledge doubled every ten years, by 2020 it will double every 73 days) but the massive increase in new knowledge physicians need to gain is only half of the problem. The other half is the amount of foundational medical…

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Dr. Ralph Verdino on Prophylactic ICDs in Patients with Non-ischemic Cardiomyopathy

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When implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) were first approved by the FDA in 1985, the recipient needed to have survived not one, but two cardiac arrests.  The initial population receiving ICDs was obviously very small.  Although the chances of surviving cardiac arrests has greatly increased over the last few decades, thanks to greater public training in…

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Helping Physicians Manage Burnout and Administrative Overload

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  The life of healthcare professionals has become more and more challenging every day. New rollouts of EHRs, changing guidelines and ongoing administrative tasks are now occupying physicians’ time. With less time focused on treating patients, burnout is becoming more common. The growing number of administrative tasks are causing burnout for almost half of physicians.…

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Want to Help Your Millennial Trainees Learn? Treat Them Like Adults.

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If you’re struggling to help your millennial trainees learn, you’re not alone. No generation seems to baffle—or annoy—other generations like millennials. But there is some good news. While the millennials in your program may seem young, they are, in fact, adults with adult learning needs. Part of the reason your millennial trainees aren’t retaining information is…

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The average physician is missing 44% of basic medical knowledge

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With medical knowledge expanding exponentially, it’s harder and harder for already time-strapped physicians to keep up. These knowledge gaps make it difficult for physicians to make the best decisions for their patients, leading to subpar care. Here’s what we found when we reviewed data from over 5,000 physicians who took a baseline assessment for basic…

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Why Dr. Steven Nissen Disagrees with the ACC/AHA Prevention Guidelines on Statins

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CurrentMD faculty member and world-renowned cardiologist, Dr. Steven Nissen, has strong opinions on how best to manage dyslipidemia with non-statin therapy – some of which are at odds with the guidelines. Here are some excerpts from the expert perspective he gave to Knowledge to Practice on the topic. Learn more about CurrentMD Why non-statin therapy should…

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