Resident suicidal ideation reduced with cognitive therapy; premed students rally to help classmate find a kidney donor; researchers develop search data flu tracker that actually works.
November 11, 2015

Figure 1 Image of the WeekThis 12-year-old patient presents with bilateral swelling of the jaw. What is the underlying disorder causing the swelling? Find the image and more detail below.

Help for interns considering suicide MedPage Today Physicians-in-training are especially susceptible to depression and suicidal thoughts, but they often do not recognize the signs in themselves. A recent study tested an internet-based intervention program on interns and showed that cognitive therapy helped reduce suicidal ideation among medical trainees. [read more]

Specialty focus: the adaptability of general internal medicine AMSA ad lib Is general internal medicine all clinical all the time? What does it take to get into a general internal medicine residency position? Dr. Paul O'Rourke, a fellow in general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University, and Tyler Mains, a fourth-year medical student, address med students' questions--and some myths--about the specialty as they explain the advantages of being a general internist. [read more]

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Med schools less confident in new MCAT Minnesota Daily Although big changes were made to the MCAT in April, medical schools aren't convinced the new test will "prove whether prospective doctors are prepared for medical school." A recent Kaplan Test Prep survey showed that admissions offices were less confident in the MCAT after new subjects were added--how will this affect medical school admissions decisions? [read more]

Premed students rally around classmate in need of kidney Bay News 9 One University of South Florida premedical student has been through a lot: three bouts of cancer, a bone marrow transplant, and now she needs a kidney. It's been a difficult search, but the 20-year-old is not doing it alone: Her classmates joined the efforts and launched a campus-wide campaign. [read more]

Millions of dollars misdirected for graduate medical education; Ohio pursues reform Nearly $250 million that taxpayers spent in Ohio last year towards training future physicians was "supposed to be equitably distributed among hospitals to ensure instruction in a variety of settings and specialties"--so why didn't that happen? [read more]

New questions require doctors to learn about military medicine USA Today Most former servicemen and women and their families receive health care at civilian facilities. Do you know the right questions to ask? With the potential to miss important health issues, medical licensing exams will include questions about military medicine moving forward which, in turn, will force its way into medical education. [read more]

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New flu tracker uses Google search data better than Google Ars Technica Big data has big potential. After Google's failed attempt to accurately predict flu outbreak trends through search and data tracking, a team of Harvard researchers has come up with a way to "tame the unruly data." [read more]

Colorado to vote on single-payer state health care system Denver Post Will Colorado be the first state to establish a statewide universal health care system? Supporters of a single-payer system secured over 100,000 signatures needed to get the proposal on the ballot next year; and under the plan known as ColoradoCare, residents would still choose their providers but the government would foot the bill. [read more]

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A rare pediatric conditionFigure 1 Image of the WeekThis 12-year-old patient presents with bilateral swelling of the jaw. What is the underlying disorder causing the swelling?

Answer: This 12-year-old patient has a rare genetic disorder called cherubism. Patients present with bilateral swelling of the jaw caused by the replacement of maxillary and mandibular bone with fibrous tissue and bony cysts. Surgery can be performed, though it is recommended to delay surgical intervention until after puberty as spontaneous regression may occur. View this image on Figure 1 to learn more.

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