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October Observer Contents


Work hour rules rile educators—and residents
Forced to watch the clock, some housestaff say they feel 'cheated' out of chances to learn.
Oct '03

Clinical Medicine

A look at the new needle-free flu vaccine
No shots may be good news, but concerns about cost and contraindications remain.
Oct '03

Is an access crisis on the horizon in mammography?
A convergence of problems has some talking about looming access problems.
Oct '03

Getting breast cancer diagnoses right: help from an insurer
One medical liability insurer in Massachusetts has worked to cut failure-to-diagnose claims against its physicians by more than 50%.
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A look at ABIM, recertification and quality measures
The Board's new leader says the specialty needs to take the lead in measuring physicians before someone else does.
Oct '03

Your Practice

Medicare paying more for pneumococcal, flu vaccines.
Oct '03

HIPAA grace period gives physicians a welcome break.
Oct '03

Interested in EMR software? Look before you leap.
Oct '03

Young Physicians

Young internists: Working part-time works for them
Giving up a full-time schedule means less income, but it can also bring about big lifestyle rewards for some.
Oct '03


Readers discuss medical mistakes, drug detailers and health care reform.
Oct '03

College Watch

President's Column
Working to close the racial and ethnic 'health gap'
Why equality in our society—and medicine—still eludes us.
Oct '03

New College courses can help complete recertification
One-day classes can save you time by helping you finish self-evaluation modules in a group setting.
Oct '03

Internists can put the power of PIER in their pocket
ACP's decision-support tool is about to make the jump to handheld computers.
Oct '03

College Briefs

New MKSAP for Students offers help for clerkships.
Oct '03

Interested in ACP Fellowship? Get started now.
Oct '03

ACP is asking members to complete a brief census.
Oct '03

Free patient videos target minority groups.
Oct '03

Washington Perspective

What role will health care play in the 2004 elections?
A look at the highly unsettled state of the electorate as the nation heads toward the presidential primaries.
Oct '03

ACP calls for changes in Medicare reform legislation
The College has pressed for increased physician pay and argued against a proposal for mandatory e-prescribing.
Oct '03

Policy Briefs

CMS offers coding 'edits' on the Web free of charge.
Oct '03

Medicare should use better data to calculate drug costs.
Oct '03

ACP supports bill to help doctors refinance student loans.
Oct '03


The MKSAP Challenge
A 37-year-old male respiratory therapist complains of fever, rigors, generalized muscle aches and mild respiratory symptoms.
Oct '03

Member News

Robert E. Westlake Sr., FACP
Bryan Williams, FACP
Oct '03

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