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Pre-Med News Roundup December 7, 2015

Pre-Med News Roundup December 7, 2015

I Am Paying for Your Expensive Medicine The New York Times editorial looks at how we value new medications versus how we pay for them.  A new effective cholesterol lowering drug would cost $14,000 per patient every year, but everyone’s insurance rates would go up to pay for the patients who require it.  Value in healthcare proponents argue that high prices should be linked to high health benefits.  

New questions require doctors to learn about military medicine The USMLE will now include questions regarding military medicine in each of its steps.  Physicians are seeing more patients with issues that disproportionately affect veterans, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and the affects of Agent Orange, as more and more veterans are served in civilian facilities.  This also means that medical schools’ curricula will have to follow.

The Start-Up That Will Keep Health-Insurance Companies Honest Two Harvard millennials have used technology to help distill the huge amount of information that exists on health insurance to recommend the best plans for people based on their personal needs, rather than just showing them lists of options.  The website plots all the plans on a two-dimensional graph to allow customers to see what the real costs and deductibles will be at the end of the day.   

Pre-Med News Roundup October 5, 2015

Pre-Med News Roundup October 5, 2015

Medical Schools Teach Students To Talk With Patients About Care Costs  “What's the difference between cost, charge and payment?” Medical schools are helping students understand the costs of medicine through newly integrated coursework. The reason for the change is most likely high-value care or values based purchasing, which came in with the Affordable Care Act.

Pragmatic Advice For Would-Be Health Entrepreneurs From The Medicine X Conference This article takes a look at technology, entrepreneurship, and medicine.  It’s an interesting take from a tech guy who understands the world of medicine.  The author also gives a couple of great book suggestions, as well.

Top Medical Schools React to Harvard’s Curriculum Change

Pre-Med News Roundup June 15, 2015

Pre-Med News Roundup June 15, 2015

Predictive Medicine Uses Genome Sequencing To Forecast Illness Before It Happens This NIH study is helping doctors find illnesses before they even happen by studying genetic mutations in DNA.  

A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements To Lure English Majors  Mt. Sinai’s School of Medicine is emphasizing the humanistic side of medicine as they accept non-traditional pre-meds.  The  HuMed program took humanities majors from specific liberal arts institutions and allowed them to skip the MCAT.  Their new program, FlexMed is going to be open to even more students.  The school hopes that humanities majors will bring different perspectives to medicine.

Viral History in a Drop of Blood Researchers at Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed the technology to see every virus you have every had in a single drop of blood. This new test will take the guesswork out of patient history and diagnosis.