The U.S. Physician Shortage

Why America Needs Foreign Medical Graduates

Healthcare in America is facing an imminent shortage of general physicians: those in certain specialties, areas of the country, and minority communities. Despite the competition and growing rate of hopeful physicians, the U.S. does not have the educational resources to educate students at the speed necessary to maintain the current physician-to-patient ratio. Foreign medical students […]

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Physician Training on Recognizing Sex Trafficking and Sexual Assault

DISCLAIMER: April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). As AMO contributes to the conversation, the topics and content presented some may find triggering. Use discretion for your own health. Sex Trafficking and Sexual Assault Sex trafficking — when a person seeks money in exchange for sex. As the issue rises across the United States, […]

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World Health Day 2019

World Health Day 2019: A Quest for Universal Healthcare Today, Sunday, April 7, is World Health Day. This annual day of awareness in the healthcare industry, founded in 1948, is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO). As a sector of the United Nations, the goal of WHO is to improve public health across the […]

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Historic Surgery in Chicago

Back-to-Back, Triple-Organ Transplants In December 2018, the first back-to-back, triple-organ transplants were performed in U.S. surgical history at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Both surgeries involved 29-year-old patients in need of heart, liver, and kidney transplants. The surgeries took over seventeen and twenty hours. It was the first time a hospital has performed such complex […]

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How Physicians Can Care for Undocumented Immigrants

Physicians and Undocumented Immigrants Known as the “melting pot,” the United States is home to a diverse population of individuals, a significant number of which are undocumented. The current population of undocumented immigrants sits at just over ten million. Despite this number’s annual decrease since 2012, the presence of undocumented immigrants in labor intensive positions […]

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Inpatient vs. Outpatient Care

An important distinction in the U.S. healthcare system is the distinction between inpatient vs. outpatient care. Though both types treat patients, they differ in where, how, and to what extent patients are treated and how patients pay for treatment.

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The Missing Conversation in the U.S. Healthcare Crisis

The U.S. healthcare crisis is often talked about in terms of high costs and the roles of private insurance. What is not at the forefront of the conversation is the lack of doctors—the actual people needed to make medical care and services possible. In rural communities, approximately 1 in 10 doctors are practicing leaving roughly […]

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Celebrate Women Physicians

1849. A historic year for female physicians as Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman ever to become a physician.  Her efforts blazed the way for women all throughout the country to pursue their medical dreams and take on leadership roles as physicians. This past week, February 3rd, marked what would have been Dr. Blackwell’s […]

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OECD Spending Under Half of US Healthcare Spend

A Reason for Double the Spending on Healthcare

It’s no surprise that U.S. healthcare is of popular conversation and controversy. A new analysis from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health—a revamp of a 2003 report from Princeton healthcare economist Uwe Reinhardt—found that Americans spend more than double the amount on healthcare than in other countries.  This is not due to people in […]

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