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Pre-Med News Roundup August 31, 2015

Pre-Med News Roundup August 31, 2015

Women, minorities still underrepresented in certain medical fields Even with medical schools focusing on increasing diversity in admissions, many specialties still lack underrepresented minorities and women.  Radiology, orthopedics, and otolaryngology stand out as specialties where there's still "disproportionate underrepresentation of women and minorities.” This report looks to see what the causes of this are.

Four Strategies To Make The Practice Of Medicine Work Better -- For Both Physicians And Patients  This is a great read for anyone considering making an impact in the medical field, and it’s a great read before an interview when you’re asked how you would fix the problems in medicine today.  Here are the proposed strategies: 1) invest in public health, 2) shift from fee-for-service to pay-for-value, 3) reform medical malpractice, and 4) improve access to patient information. (This is the third in a series of three articles.)

Scientists Get One Step Closer to a Universal Flu Vaccine The flu vaccine is never 100% effective, but last year was especially off the mark.  So, when two new studies hint at a universal vaccine, people are talking.  Scientists tinkered with a piece of viral protein so it can teach immune systems to fight whole groups of viruses rather than just a single strain. Now we just need a cure for the common cold.  

Highly Recommended: Hack Your Way to Scientific Glory (try it yourself!)

 Highly Recommended: Hack Your Way to Scientific Glory (try it yourself!)

A fascinating article appeared on fivethirtyeight.com showing just how easy it is to manipulate results in scientific experiments. The article doesn’t just tell you how this is done; it lets you do it yourself. It gives you a set of data about politics and the economy and challenges you to find correlations between Republicans or Democrats being in power and the influence on the economy. Use employment and GDP as your economic factors, and Republicans have a negative effect on the economy. Use inflation and stock prices, and Republicans have a positive effect on the economy.