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  • Resident charged with second-degree murder

    Citing self-defense, a family medicine resident at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha allegedly shot her husband twice in the chest. Kathleen E. Jourdan is being held without bail on a second-degree murder charge.

  • Supreme Court upholds DACA, preventing the deportation of nearly 30,000 healthcare workers

    In a monumental decision last week, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. This finding ultimately upheld DACA, protecting from deportation the nearly 30,000 healthcare professionals who are currently studying, training, or practicing medicine.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic warrants the use of virtual tours and interviews

    by Deepak Gupta, MD, anesthesiology clinical assistant professor, Wayne State University, Detroit; and Sarwan Kumar, MD, internal medicine assistant professor, Wayne State University, Detroit

    The person-to-person transmissibility of COVID-19 droplets when people talk, cough, or sneeze warrants travel restrictions, social distancing, and the wearing of face coverings. Therefore, GME programs must explore alternative avenues to replace in-person candidate interviews during the COVID-19 pandemic and possible similar situations in the future.

  • Residents as teachers

    Program directors should be sure to include “residents as teachers” learning events in the residents’ didactic schedule and be aware of two standards set forth by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body for undergraduate medical schools in the United States and Canada.

  • The most competitive specialties in the 2020 Match

    Neurological surgery, physical medicine and rehab, and plastic surgery (integrated) were the most competitive specialties among PGY1 residents, according to an analysis by The DO of the National Resident Matching Program’s (NRMP) 2020 Match report.

  • How to prepare and deliver a dynamic presentation

    Communication is the establishment of a relationship where one person’s actions, thoughts, feelings, or intentions prompt a response by another person. When we present information to a committee, we are attempting to communicate something as well as receive a response in return. A lack of response is often a result of poor communication. There are therefore certain things to remember when creating any presentation, regardless of topic.

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  • Heard this week

    “When you are unfamiliar with a topic being discussed on rounds, take the risk and ask about it. Better to sound a bit green and learn something new than to stay silent and not know what to do when you get that 3:00 a.m. call.”

    - Kirk Sidey, MD, discusses overcoming the fears that plague residents.