Articles of interest from the March issue of Academic Medicine.
Archive – February 2011
The AAMC is pleased that President Obama’s 2012 budget plan recommends some important investments that will improve the health of all Americans. Key among these proposals is increased support for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funding boost advocated by the administration will help drive progress in medical research and ultimately result in innovations that will provide new treatments, cures, and improvements in the quality of life for American families and patients everywhere,
Although Congress recently passed health insurance reform legislation, the real catalyst for change in the health care delivery system, in our opinion, will be changes to the reimbursement model. Health care economists almost universally agree that health care reimbursement must move from a fee-for-service model to a system that encourages accountability for both cost and quality of care.
Starting salaries of new physicians reveal a growing gender gap. Newly-trained women doctors are being paid significantly lower salaries –about $17,000 less — than their male counterparts...