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March Observer Contents

Special focus

Sexual Dysfunction
When to screen, how to treat, what to ask.
Mar. '05


How to detect common sleep disorders
A growing body of evidence links troubled sleep to diabetes and hypertension.
Mar. '05

TRICARE: Is the military program turning around?
Some TRICARE beneficiaries find it tough to find physician services because the program's provider networks are overburdened or inadequate.
Mar. '05

Drug-safety issues spur debate over monitoring
Physicians and policy-makers consider how new medications should be watched.
Mar. '05

Your Practice

Next item on the HIPAA agenda: protecting security
Complying with this latest rule can safeguard your practice from power outages to disgruntled ex-employees.
Mar. '05

Computers and Medicine

Strategies to keep your computer safe from hackers
A primer on viruses and other weapons that cyber thieves and snoops can use to control your computer.
Mar. '05


Rising pertussis rates spark new public health concern
Misdiagnoses and undertreatment among adults and adolescents may warrant revised vaccination strategies.
Mar. '05

For Residents

Are residents applying too early for fellowship slots?
Some changes already streamline the application process—but housestaff want to wait longer to apply.
Mar. '05

Annual Session

Annual Session features new ways to stay-up-to-date
First-time tracks will focus on challenging clinical cases, diabetes care, research developments and more.
Mar. '05


Readers discuss pay for performance, tort reform and access to care, community-acquired MRSA, the flu vaccine shortage and the death of Craig W. Borden, MACP.
Mar. '05

College Watch

President's Column
Balancing individual care with our social obligations
The scope of the tsunami disaster sparked an instinctive realization of how vulnerable life can be.
Mar. '05

Regents pave way for broader focus on information technology
The Board moved to expand the College's focus on health information technology and to increase input from young member physicians.
Mar. '05

College Briefs

Coming next month: recertification credit for new MKSAP-13 modules.
Mar. '05

March is DVT Awareness Month.
Mar. '05

Online HIPAA help.
Mar. '05

New Medicare demonstration project will reward doctors for quality.
Mar. '05

Annual Session to feature immunization demo.
Mar. '05

Wanted: workshop proposals for Annual Session 2006.
Mar. '05

Washington Perspective

The president—and the College—address U.S. health care
Of particular concern, President Bush's budget does not include money to halt scheduled cuts in Medicare payments to physicians.
Mar. '05

Policy Briefs

Internist named to help lead College's quality and advocacy efforts.
Mar. '05

College: DEA is sending mixed message.
Mar. '05


The MKSAP Challenge
A new, 52-year-old male patient requests an annual exam and a serum prostate-specific antigen measurement.
Mar. '05



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