Surgeons are finding that they can prescribe fewer pain-killing opioids after surgical procedures and still achieve effective pain relief. "In the months after new guidelines went into place [in Michigan], the number of opioid pills being prescribed to surgery patients fell by one-third overall, yet there was no change in patients' satisfaction with their pain control." The findings were published in the August 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. "This isn't just about reducing opioid use," said lead researcher Dr. Jocelyn Vu. "It's also about giving patients the best care for their pain.”
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Interim Physicians has been named to the list of Largest Locum Tenens Staffing Firms in the U.S. by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) for the fourth consecutive year.
We couldn’t have done it without the wonderful healthcare facilities, physicians, and advanced practitioners we work with every day and we extend our thanks to each of you. Our talented and dedicated sales and support teams are the best in the industry and this noteworthy accomplishment is proof positive of their ongoing commitment to change lives every day.
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More than 40 percent of inpatient operations and 33 percent of outpatient procedures are performed on older adults each year in the United States. And that number is expected to mushroom as the boomer population ages (per a July 2019 article from AARP). To improve the surgical experience for patients 75 and older, the American College of Surgeons has released 30 patient-centered standards of care. It's called the Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Program. It was developed over a four-year period with input from over 50 stakeholders, including hospitals, patients, and providers.
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September is Women in Medicine Month and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to honor the incredible contributions of these four female trailblazers.
1. Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D.
The first woman to earn the M.D. degree from an American medical school, Blackwell was told her dream of being a physician was a good idea, but impossible: such education was not available to women. She applied to every medical school in New York and Philadelphia and was finally accepted at New York’s Geneva Medical College on a fluke.
It’s National Women in Medicine Month and we're celebrating all 389,750 women physicians practicing in the United States. We have the honor of working with great female physicians every day and we recognize that women have distinct professional aspirations (per a survey from the American Medical Association. About 80 percent of female physicians want more options that help them address the struggles of balancing work and family. What’s more, 97 percent of women physicians said they want the option to have a flexible work schedule.
When work hours for residents in training were capped at 80 hours per week, two questions came up:
- Will residents have enough time to learn everything they need to know?
- Will the residents' future patients suffer as a consequence?
The study's investigators faced persistent "speculation that physicians completing residency today have less robust clinical experience before entering unsupervised practice compared with pre-reform residency cohorts" (per July 2019 BMJ research.) They assumed, however, that "it might also be possible that residents who are less fatigued consolidate their knowledge better and have equivalent or greater clinical competency both during and after residency."