Medical Education

By SAURABH JHA, MD What is the best way to educate medical students? In this episode of Radiology Firing Line Podcast, I sit down with Richard B. Gunderman, MD and C. Matthew Hawkins, MD to discuss medical education. Listen to our conversation on Radiology Firing Line Podcast here. Saurabh Jha is an associate editor of…

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USMLE Step 1: Leveling the Playing Field – or Perpetuating Disadvantage?

By BRIAN CARMODY Let me show you some data. I’m going to show you the Match rate and mean Step 1 score for three groups of residency applicants. These are real data, compiled from the NRMP’s Charting Outcomes in the Match reports. Ready? U.S. Allopathic Seniors: 92% match rate; Step 1 232.3U.S. Osteopathic Seniors: 83% match rate; Step 1 225.8IMGs (both U.S. and…

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When Health Care Organizations Are Fundamentally Dishonest

By BRIAN KLEPPER A class action legal ruling this month, on a case originally filed in 2014, found that UnitedHealthCare’s (UHC) mental health subsidiary, United Behavioral Health (UBH), established internal policies that discriminated against patients with behavioral health or substance abuse conditions. While an appeal is expected, patients with legitimate claims were systematically denied coverage,…

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Build-Your-Own ‘Squad’ – YourCoach Redefines Health Coaching

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Health coaches are playing an ever-more important role in healthcare, but there’s no one single authority when it comes to finding one — or vetting them for that matter — until now. Marina Borukhovich, CEO of startup YourCoach, talks about how she hopes to disrupt health coaching after she learned…

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The Cruelty of Managed Medicare

By HANS DUVEFELT MD Jeanette Brown had lost twenty pounds, and she was worried. “I’m not trying,” she told me at her regular diabetes visit as I pored over her lab results. What I saw sent a chill down my spine: A normal weight, diet controlled diabetic for many years, her glycosylated hemoglobin had jumped…

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