Health Professions in the News

California State University suspends ACT/SAT tests for 2021-2022 admissions school year

KRCR News (April 17, 2020)

California State University announced Friday, April 17, that all 23 campuses are changing how they’re considering students’ admission eligibility for the 2021 and 2022 school year. Read the full story here.

Shortened MCAT® exams, extended AMCAS® deadlines: How the pandemic has upended medical school admissions

AAMC (April 24, 2020)

Medical school applicants have been struggling with many unknowns, from when they can take the MCAT® exam to how they'll gather recommendations. Here's how schools are working to put together an admissions process that's both safe and fair. Read the full story here.

To Solve Healthcare Worker Shortage, Policymakers Should Approve High-Quality Short-Term Training Programs for Federal Student Aid

Real Clear Education (April 24, 2020)

To Solve Healthcare Worker Shortage, Policymakers Should Approve High-Quality Short-Term Training Programs for Federal Student Aid. Read the full story here.

California’s nurse practitioners to receive mental health care training for impacts of social isolation, economic stress

Enterprise-Record (April 29, 2020)

Programs at UCLA, UCSF and UC Davis will offer a one-year program to combat surge of cases spurned by COVID-19. Read full story here.

Medical students need to learn about health disparities to combat future pandemics

AAMC (April 30, 2020)

COVID-19 has taken an outsized toll on communities of color. We must continue to educate our students on the health inequities that contributed, even as we incorporate more public health and disaster preparedness into our curricula. Read the full story here.

Local Medical School on Fast-Track to Help Remedy Healthcare Shortage

GV Wire (May 4, 2020)

Local Medical School on Fast-Track to Help Remedy Healthcare Shortage. Read the full story here.

Lawmakers push for healthcare workers to receive same benefits as law enforcement, military

WREG News (May 4, 2020)

Lawmakers push for healthcare workers to receive same benefits as law enforcement, military. Read the full story here.

Workplace Safety in California and Beyond: Healthcare Employers and COVID-19

Lexology (May 4, 2020)

In this episode of our Workplace Safety in California series, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss special considerations for healthcare employers facing workplace safety inspections, by OSHA or CAL-OSHA, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read/listen to the full story here.

How Rules Are Changing For California Physician Assistants

Law 360 (May 27, 2020)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom's March 30 executive order authorized the Department of Consumer Affairs to issue waivers of certain laws and regulations pertaining to health care licensees. On April 14, the Department of Consumer Affairs issued Waiver Order 20-04, waiving certain key restrictions on physician assistants' supervision. Read the full story here.

Racism In My Medical Education

Health Affairs (June 2020)

An Asian American physician calls for more diversity and a commitment to health equity in US medical schools. Read the full story here.

Analysis: U.S. cities with the most health care workers

The Center Square (June 3, 2020)

The coronavirus outbreak has called into question the nation’s preparedness to respond to and mitigate health crises. While the pandemic is highlighting shortcomings of the U.S. health care system overall, it is also evident that some parts of the country are better staffed with health care workers than others. Read the full story here.

The MCAT Should Be Optional

Inside Higher Ed (June 8, 2020)

A few days ago, Eduardo called to tell me that his father had died of COVID-19. I had met the first-generation college student in the emergency room a few months back while taking care of his father and had kept in touch to answer any questions on the medical school admissions process. Eduardo works as a harm-reduction counselor at a needle-exchange program on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and aspires to be an addiction psychiatrist. He completed his premedical course requirements by attending a community college in the evenings and was scheduled to take the Medical College Admissions Test in March 2020. Read the full story here.

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Fall Comes Into View

Inside Higher Ed (June 9, 2020

With unrest and protests against police brutality now having spread to most major American cities, what was once the big story in higher education -- the coming fall term and its implications -- has faded to the background. Read the full story here.

COVID-19 and the physicians we need

San Francisco Examiner (June 12, 2020

COVID-19. In San Francisco, for example, Latinx residents make up 15% of the city’s population, yet they represent 49% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases. A recent UCSF population-based study in the ethnically diverse San Francisco Mission district found that 95% of those testing positive for Covid-19 were Latinx even though Latinx people made up only 44% of those tested. Read the full story here.

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UC regents unanimously endorse restoring affirmative action

Los Angeles Times (June 15, 2020)

More than two decades after affirmative action was outlawed at public campuses, University of California regents on Monday unanimously supported the repeal of Proposition 209, the 1996 state initiative that banned preferential treatment by government bodies based on race, ethnicity or sex — and has been blamed for a decline in diversity at UC’s most selective campuses. Read the full story here.

How med schools, residency programs can diversify doctor workforce

American Medical Association (June 22, 2020)

Increasing diversity in the physician workforce can lessen racial and ethnic health inequities. Addressing medical school admissions is an important part of the process to generate a physician population that more closely resembles the nation’s patient population. Read the full story here.

As Demonstrators Call For Racial Justice, Some Doctors Push For Equity In Health Care

Cap Radio (June 25, 2020)

Black Americans are disproportionately killed by police officers — a fact that became a focal point following the death of George Floyd and other Black people in recent months. Read the full story here.

Gender bias in evaluating surgical residency faculty members may be decreasing

EurekAlert (July 10, 2020)

In the male-dominated field of surgery, female faculty of training programs tend to receive lower scores than male faculty on their teaching evaluations, which are important for career advancement, past research has found. Now a new study suggests progress in this apparent gender bias: Among 21 U.S. general surgery residency programs, female faculty scored slightly better overall than male faculty did on teaching evaluations performed by surgeons-in-training, even in programs with the fewest women, the authors report. The study is published as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print. Read the full story here.

10 Medical Schools Where Students Leave With the Most Debt

WTOP News (July 14, 2020)

For some aspiring doctors, the cost of medical school may be intimidating, especially if they are wary of taking out student loans. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to finance a medical education without going into debt. Read the full story here

How Loma Linda University Health is addressing racial disparities in the medical workforce

Loma Linda University Health (July 16, 2020)

Education is one of the effective ways to help break the poverty cycle and increase job opportunity among racial minority populations — who are more than two times as likely to be poor than non-Hispanic whites and represent only 8% of the STEM and 11% of the physician workforce — in the United States, according to Marino De Leon, PhD. Read the full story here.

The medical work force must become more diverse. UCSF program aims toward that goal

Fresno Bee (July 19, 2020)

As rising second-year medical students in the UCSF San Joaquin Valley (SJV) program for medical education (PRIME), we spent time during our first year learning how structural racism propagates health-care inequities. Now, we’re seeing structural racism in action with the confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic and unjust murders of Black individuals. Read the full story here.

Medical students use momentum of anti-racism movement to advocate for change

AAMC (July 23, 2020)

On June 5, Debbie Fadoju stood before the hundreds gathered on the lawn at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and raised her voice.

Fadoju, a second-year medical student, had organized the White Coats For Black Lives demonstration — mirroring similar demonstrations on dozens of medical campuses across the country — less than two weeks after George Floyd, a Black man, was killed by Derek Chauvin, a White police officer, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The protesters, many in their white coats and nearly all wearing masks, knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck. Read the full story here.

For CHSU’s Central Valley students, studying medicine at home is a dream

YourCentralValley.com (July 25, 2020)

The first class at the Central Valley’s first four-year medical school is ready to hit the books and get their studies started.

California Health Sciences University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is a huge achievement for the Central Valley in itself. But, for the Central Valley natives who can now stay home to study medicine, it makes the upcoming school year even more special. Read the full story here.

Why resident physicians need due process protections now

Cal Matters (July 27, 2020)

As doctors, we fight for our patients, advocating for improved patient care and safety in our hospitals. When our weekly shifts end, many of us volunteer to further treat underserved populations. Read full story here.

Physician practices with more female doctors have smallest gender pay gaps

Medical Press (July 30, 2020)

In medicine, men generally earn more than women for similar work, but a new study published July 30 in BMJ finds that the income gap between genders shrinks substantially in practices with more equal gender distributions of staff physicians. Read the full story here.

‘This Is What We Signed Up For’: Meet the Med School Grads Fast-Tracked to the Coronavirus Front Line

Daily Beast (April 3, 2020)

“As a patient, a health-care provider, or staff, we all have fear,” Lewandrowski told The Daily Beast. “If you don’t have an element of fear, you have a few screws loose. But despite having some fear, this, as medical students, is what we signed up for. It is the purpose we have, and the calling we follow.” Read the full story here.

A moment of celebration as hundreds of new UC doctors join a workforce that needs them now more than ever

University of California (April 2, 2020)

The culmination of years of study, Match Day usually hums with energy, as medical students across the country gather together and — at the exact same moment — rip open their envelopes to learn where they will serve their medical residencies. It’s the kind of communal day that the coronavirus is doomed to disrupt. Read the full story here.

PAs and NPs Celebrate Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act in COVID-19 Legislation

Clinical Advisor (April 1, 2020)

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) have commended the House and Senate for adding inclusion criteria to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Read the full story here.

As coronavirus patients surge, medical students rushed into practice to fight pandemic

ABC News (April 1, 2020)

The United States health care system is mobilizing to triage a public health emergency that is rapidly taking members of its workforce out of the ranks. Read the full story here.

'I'm not afraid' | Healthcare workers, students anxious as California looks bolster workforce for 'temporary flexibility'

ABC 10 (March 30, 2020)

Retired nurse Anna Gonlez immediately signed up following Gov. Newsom's order. "We're all looking for our part, and I'm not afraid. It's something I want to do." Read the full story here.

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Coronavirus California Update: ‘We Need Your Help’ – Newsom Seeks Surge In Health Care Workers

CBS SF Bay Area (March 30, 2020)

Newsom announced a new initiative called the California Health Corps system and a new web portal for health care professionals to apply to staff clinics and hospitals across California. The state is seeking all types of healthcare providers such as doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, behavioral health professionals, and health care administrators. Read the full story here.

Med Students Aren’t Sitting Out the Fight Against the Coronavirus

Mother Jones (March 28, 2020)

As the official number of coronavirus infections begin to skyrocket—on Monday, it was 35,000; 70,000 on Thursday, and by Friday afternoon there were over 100,000 cases—the nation’s health care apparatus has reorganized itself to face the pandemic head-on. Read the full story here. 

Futuro Health Announces Six New Partners to Tackle Health Worker Shortage Worsened by Coronavirus

Monterey County Weekly (March 26, 2020)

The pandemic has exacerbated this need. To ramp up efforts to address this critical demand, Futuro Health today announced six new partners in its quest to produce more credentialed healthcare workers for the state and nation. Read the full story here. 

Teaching culturally humble primary care

AMA (March 10, 2020)

For a doctor to care for a patient in the most effective way possible, the two must have open lines of communication. Some might call it a shared language. In many instances, that statement can be metaphorical. In watching her trainees grow from medical students to primary care physicians working on the front lines with underserved populations in Northern California, Tonya Fancher, MD, MPH, has a different vantage point. Read the full story here. 

FUTURE Act: What Students, Borrowers Should Know

US News and World Report (January 27, 2020)

This law has an impact on prospective and current students as well as some graduates with federal student loans. While students can expect unpredictability when paying for college in 2020 and some minor changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, this cycle, significant changes resulting from the FUTURE Act may take a few years, experts say. Read the full story here.

3 Pros and Cons of Applicant Tracking Systems

Health Careers (January 23. 2020)

Whether you're in hospital human resources, serve as a hiring manager in a clinic, or are solely dedicated to recruiting qualified healthcare professionals for your organization, you often feel like there aren't enough hours in the day. It's easy to understand why you might turn to an applicant tracking system to streamline your hiring process. However, while ATS can be timesavers, they're also rife with pitfalls—many of which may be preventing you from connecting with the top-notch applicants your organization actually needs. Read the full story here.

Doug Halsall | Augmented And Virtual Reality - Popular Gaming Technologies Set To Transform Healthcare

The Gleaner (January 19, 2020)

Most people are familiar with virtual reality and augmented reality as it relates to gaming (Pokemon Go arguably put the use of augmented reality in gaming in the spotlight and VR headsets have become more and more popular in the last few years). Virtual reality is where a person, or group of persons, can be transported into a three-dimensional interactive environment, usually via a headset. It is not surprising that with the growth of this technology and of health technology that virtual reality has been co-opted into the healthcare industry to enhance treatment and care. Read the full story here.

For 2020, California Goes Big On Health Care

California Healthline (January 17, 2020)

The proposals would lower prescription drug costs, increase access to health coverage, and restrict and tax vaping. But most lawmakers agree that homelessness will dominate the agenda, including proposals to get people into housing while treating some accompanying physical and mental health problems. Read the full story here.

Here's how Gavin Newsom wants to cut health care costs with the new state budget

The Sacramento Bee (January 10, 2020)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom talks about how he plans to reduce the cost of health care in his 2020-21 budget proposal. Read the full story here.

Editorial: Unleash nurse practitioners to improve Californians’ access to healthcare

Los Angeles Times (January 9, 2020)

One of the fundamental problems with the U.S. healthcare system is that it’s costlier than just about any other country’s, and yet it does not deliver notably better results. Millions of Americans are forced to skimp on or go without care, either because they can’t afford the out-of-pocket costs required by their insurance or because the coverage is too costly to begin with. Read the full story here.

Kaiser teams with SEIU-UHW union to train 10,000 for health care jobs over next four years

The Sacramento Bee (January 8, 2020)

Kaiser Permanente and the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West joined Wednesday in announcing a $130 million effort to train 10,000 Californians for work as medical coders, licensed vocational nurses and other allied health professions over the next four years. Read the full story here.

Employer-based Clinics: A New Practice Setting

Health Careers (January 6, 2020)

"Now at least 30 independent vendors offer on-site, near-site and shared employer clinics that cover the entire spectrum," Boress says. This means first aid, triage, acute and episodic care, primary care, disease management, and wellness. They may include full pharmacies, coaching, behavioral health services, labs, and x-ray capability. Read the full story here.

Physician specialties with the highest salaries and the biggest pay increases in 2019

Fierce Healthcare (12-10-2019)

The research study on the 2019 labor market for doctors showed a 5% increase in job opportunities for physicians in the U.S. since 2018, according to the Doximity report. Read the full story here.

Around the nation: Med school will be free to over 400 UCLA medical students

Advisory Board (12-06-2019)

Media mogul David Geffen, who donated $100 million to the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in 2012, has donated an additional $46 million to continue to fund merit-based scholarships, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Florida, and Minnesota. Read the full story here.

New Healthcare Laws Coming To California in 2020

Health Leaders (12-04-2019)

There are some new healthcare laws consumers should be aware of heading into 2020, and James Scullary of Covered California is here to share what consumers need to know. Read full story here.

Entertainment mogul David Geffen donates $46 million to UCLA med school, funds 120 students

New York Daily News (12-03-2020)

Entertainment mogul David Geffen is donating $46 million to UCLA’s medical school, funding full-ride merit scholarships for 120 students and bringing his total donations to $146 million, which over 10 years will provide 414 scholarships. Read the full story here.

Will free medical school lead to more primary care physicians?

Association of American Medical Colleges (12-02-2019)

As schools move to reduce or eliminate student debt, some hope that more students will choose primary care specialties. Here’s why that might not happen. Read the full story here.

Med School Free Rides And Loan Repayments — California Tries To Boost Its Dwindling Doctor Supply

Capital Public Radio (12-02-2019)

Primary care doctors are a hot commodity across California.

Students are being lured by full-ride scholarships to medical schools, new grads are specifically recruited for training residencies, and full-fledged doctors are being offered loan repayment programs to serve low-income residents or work in underserved areas. Read the full story here.

Paging Dr. Robot: Artificial intelligence makes way into health care

The Daily Herald (11-30-2019)

The next time you get sick, your care may involve a form of the technology people use to navigate road trips or pick the right vacuum cleaner online. Read the full story here.

Transforming the Health Care Field Findings from an evaluation of the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program

California Health Care Foundation (November 19, 2019)

To help California clinicians acquire and effectively deploy the leadership skills needed to address the state’s complex health care challenges, CHCF created a Health Care Leadership Program in 2001. It is a joint venture of CHCF and the Healthforce Center at the University of California, San Francisco. The program consists of a two-year fellowship — which admits 32 new fellows each year — and an active alumni network that has grown to 507 graduates to date. Read full story here.

California’s Midwives: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care

California Health Care Foundation (October 16, 2019)

California and the United States face shortages of qualified clinicians to provide prenatal, labor, and postpartum care, as well as women’s health services. There has been no growth in the number of obstetricians nationwide since 1980 despite increases in the number of women of childbearing age and the number of births. To ensure that women’s health care needs are met, national organizations recommend that the midwifery workforce increase and that midwives work within a system of care that fosters collaboration among licensed, independent providers. Read full story here.

Can Behavioral Health Entrepreneurs Finally Break Through?

California Health Care Foundation (September 20, 2019)

In California, nearly two out of three adults with a mental illness do not receive mental health services, and only 1 out of 10 adults with a substance use disorder receives any kind of treatment. These gaps in care have drawn the attention not only of policymakers, but also health technology investors and entrepreneurs. Last year, health tech start-ups, including Quartet Health, Lyra Health, and Pear Therapeutics, raised nearly $400 million in funding for technology investments related to behavioral health. Investors have included leading venture firms like Venrock and Greylock Partners, as well as national private payers such as Centene and Anthem. Read the full story here. 

Practice Stability and Consistency are Vital to Success

Healthcare News (September 10, 2019)

The most significant characteristic of a practice is its unique culture and history. Whether your practice consists of a solo practitioner, group, health system, it is important to remember that the practice attracted its patients based on the personalities and styles of its physicians and staff-known as your Brand. These attributes translate into a practice culture that must continue if the practice expects to retain its patients during times of change. Read the full story here.

Expanding Medicaid Can Save Lives

California Health Care Foundation (August 12, 2019)

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010, it included a provision to expand Medicaid eligibility to adults in families with incomes under 138% of the federal poverty line. Since the Medicaid expansion went into effect in 2014, research comparing expansion and nonexpansion states has linked expanded Medicaid access to better health outcomes. Additionally, some studies suggest that gaining Medicaid coverage is associated with a decline in medical debt, a reduction in personal bankruptcies, improved credit scores, and less reliance on predatory lending practices. Now the authors of a new working paper, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), suggest another benefit: “substantially reduced mortality rates” among older, low-income adults in the expansion states. Read the full story here.

Independent Nurse Practitioners Bridge Big Gaps in Rural Care

California Health Care Foundation (August 7, 2019)

SAN LUIS, Colorado — When Francisco and Ramoncita Medina heard about the planned retirement of their longtime doctor Joseph Quintana, MD — the only physician in this rural town — they worried they’d be forced to move. The Medinas, both in their 70s, knew Quintana as their lifeline to care for diabetes, blood clots, glaucoma, asthma, gout, and more. Given Francisco’s hand tremor, his declining vision, and the slick winter roads, driving an hour to the nearest town of Alamosa for their frequent medical needs wasn’t feasible. Read the full story here.

Training Timeline: Becoming a Physician Assistant

Health eCareers (June 24, 2019)

"What's the cost to be a . . . ?" That's one of the main questions on the minds of the US high school graduating class of 2019, along with anyone thinking about a change in careers. Little wonder; for those pursuing careers requiring a 4-year college degree, average student loan debt is now over $37,000. Read the full story here.

California Takes Historic Step Toward Universal Coverage

California Health Care Foundation (June 18, 2019)

California has taken a historic step toward universal coverage by making sure all young people with low incomes are eligible for Medi-Cal and by making it easier for many Californians who purchase their own insurance to afford coverage. Read full story here.

5 Most In-Demand Medical Specialties

Health eCareers (June 18, 2019)

One of the factors that medical students should consider when choosing their medical specialty is how plentiful doctor jobs are in a given specialty. It’s certainly not the only factor, but unless a medical student is determined to enter a particular specialty, or unless he or she is especially swayed by specialties that have the most regular hours (like dermatology, radiology, and ophthalmology), demand should factor into the specialty decision-making. Read the full story here.

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Exploring the Difference between a Career in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine

Health eCareers (June 17, 2019)

Both family physicians and internal medicine physicians, or internists, are main primary care physician types in the United States. Their patient populations overlap to some degree, as do their primary responsibilities. However, family physician jobs aren’t identical to internal medicine jobs, though either will make an excellent primary care physician. Read the full story here.

Researchers: Medicaid Expansion Equals Better Coverage, Better Outcomes

California Health Care Foundation (June 14, 2019)

California has long been a leader in expanding the eligibility criteria for enrollment in Medicaid. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states can expand Medicaid to cover more adults with low incomes, and California was among the first to do so with its program, Medi-Cal. To date, 36 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the expansion, and newly released research suggests residents in those places are experiencing tangible improvements in their health and well-being as a result. Read the full story here.

Medical Interpreters Bridge Crucial Gaps Between Patients and Providers

California Health Care Foundation (June 13, 2019)

Sonny Le recalls the first time in his career as a medical interpreter that he thought he was going to faint. The Oakland-based Vietnamese translator was in a hospital at an appointment with a client when a labor and delivery care team paged him to rush across the complex to the operating room. “’Put this on!’, they told me. ‘There’s been a complication. You’ve got 10 seconds to tell her she’s getting an emergency c-section,’” he said. Read the full story here.

PRIMEd for Health: California Medical Schools Focus on Underserved Communities

California Health Care Foundation (June 6, 2019)

Growing up poor near the Mexican border gave Karla Garcia, MD, MPH, insight into the daily struggles faced by Latinos with low incomes. After her medical training, Garcia returned to the community where she grew up to practice family medicine at San Ysidro Health, which serves San Diego County through a network of clinics near the border. Read the full story here.

Committed Physician Recruits Young People to Diversify Health Care Workforce

California Health Care Foundation (May 16, 2019)

Like all emergency department physicians, Jocelyn Freeman Garrick, MD, treats patients suffering from broken bones, chest pain, infections, and a host of other ailments. But she also makes time for a second, unpaid job that sets her apart from her peers: The no-nonsense doctor from Oakland’s Highland Hospital is constantly on the lookout for youth from low-income families and groups that are underrepresented in the health professions who could become future nurses, physicians, and respiratory therapists. Read the full story here.

Lessons from Three States — Expanding the Role of Nurse Practitioners in California

California Health Care Foundation (May 6, 2019)

Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia grant nurse practitioners (NPs) full practice authority, allowing them to practice and prescribe without formal physician supervision. California requires that nurse practitioners have a written collaboration agreement with a physician and is the only western state to have a requirement for physician oversight. There has been an accelerating trend toward removal of state-level restrictions on nurse practitioner practice and oversight requirement, with no states introducing new oversight or collaboration requirements in the past decade. Read full story here.

California’s Nurse Practitioners: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care

California Health Care Foundation (May 2, 2019)

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have completed additional education to prepare them to deliver a broad range of services including the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. They are one of four categories of advanced practice registered nurses, with the others being certified nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists. Read the full story here.

Physician Assistants Move Beyond Clinical Practice with Nontraditional Careers

Health eCareers (April 30, 2019)

As a physician assistant (PA), you might not have thought about the wide range of career possibilities available to you as "a rainbow." However, that may be just what they are. "If you have imagination and drive, what you can do is almost limitless," says Peter I. Bergé, JD, MPA, PA-C, Emeritus of Mexico City, who received his certification in 1983. Read the full story here.

Top Highest Paying Nurse Practitioner Jobs

Health eCareers (April 30, 2019)

Most nurse practitioner salaries average around $100,000 to $124,0000 annually. However, there are a few which stand out from the crowd with average annual salaries of more than $100,000 per year. One specialty even comes with an average annual salary over $120,000. Read the full story here.

A Guide to Graduate Medical Education Funding in California

California Health Care Foundation (February 19, 2019)

California’s diverse population — the biggest in the United States — is growing. The state has an urgent need to train a modern health care workforce with the skills required to provide care in a rapidly evolving environment. Physicians develop those skills from graduate medical education (GME), which is a period of residency and fellowship training undertaken after graduation from a school of allopathic or osteopathic medicine. GME is a vital pipeline. Read the full story here.

Health Workforce Commission Lays the Groundwork for Easier Access to Care

California Health Care Foundation (February 4, 2019)

California’s bold efforts to expand coverage and improve care depend entirely on whether we have the people in place to provide that care. A new report out today from the California Future Health Workforce Commission charts a clear path to ensure that our state has the right people in the right places to deliver the care that is needed most. Read the full story here.

Five Ways to Cure California’s Doctor Shortage

California Health Care Foundation (January 11, 2019)

We know that primary care is essential for good health, but access to primary care in California varies greatly, with large swaths of the state competing for attention from increasingly fewer doctors. The primary care shortage is complex, rooted in decisions that future doctors make long before they attend medical school, the cost of their education, where they choose to live, and the financial lure of specialty practice. Read the full story here.

Health Care is Where The Jobs Are

US News and World Report (December 18, 2018)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tallies job creation, says that for most of this year the health sector outpaced the retail industry. Only government, on all levels, employs more people. One of the consistent features of the BLS reports is that health care has reliably added thousands of jobs to the economy each month. Read the full story here.

How Community Colleges Can Help End California’s Doctor Shortage

California Health Care Foundation (December 4, 2018)

As a struggling high school student, Marco Angulo, MD, never anticipated that he would one day become a primary care doctor committed to making a difference in his community. But not only has Angulo become an influential figure with his patients, he is now encouraging a growing number of minority students in community colleges and local universities in Orange County to follow his path into careers in medicine. That’s very good news for primary care in California. One in three physicians trained in family medicine started their higher education in community college, according to recent research. Read the full story here.

The NP Career Brings Great Opportunity, But What Are the Challenges?

Health eCareers (October 30, 2018)

Like any job, the nurse practitioner career presents challenges.  What challenges might you face in a career as a NP? Read the full story here.

Why More Nurses Should Consider Pursuing a Leadership Position

US News and Health Report (October 19, 2018)

Many people I've met while serving as president at prominent universities couldn't believe I was a nurse before entering academic leadership. It's not surprising – you can count the number of university presidents with nursing backgrounds in the U.S. on one hand. My colleagues with law, business and education degrees in similar roles don't receive the same reactions. Even though I earned a PhD, some people can't wrap their heads around the idea of a nurse in a leadership position. Read the full story here.

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UC Davis, Elica team up to roll out new mobile health clinic

Sacramento Bee (October 6, 2018)

UC Davis Health and Elica Health debuted its second mobile health clinic Saturday at the Street Soccer USA championship in Old Sacramento. The mobile clinic is a van that has been converted into a center for medical and dental needs, with one half devoted to each respective practice. According to Elica Health medical assistant Melody Vinson, the center also offers different kinds of immunizations to both adults and children. Read the full story here.

California’s Newly Minted Health Care Laws: Doctor Misconduct, Drug Prices, Kids’ Meals And More

California Healthline (October 1, 2018)

California Gov. Jerry Brown, who faced the final bill-signing deadline of his gubernatorial career on Sunday, approved a variety of health care measures that will directly affect consumers — right down to the drinks in their children’s kiddie meals. Read the full story here.

Artificial Intelligence Continues to Change Health Care

US News and World Report (September 20, 2018)

An interview with Keith Dreyer, chief data science officer of Partners HealthCare and vice chairman of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, about his perspective on the extraordinary impact artificial intelligence will have on health care in coming years. Read the full story here.

Health Affairs Looks at What’s Happening in the Golden State

California Health Care Foundation (September 7, 2018)

In California Healthline, Anna Gorman describes California as “a health care laboratory with mixed results.” Though the state has been a pioneer in embracing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), its vast size, diverse population, and the realities of implementing health policy and innovations in a contentious political environment “have made for some messy experiments.” Let’s take a look at what’s brewing in the California laboratory. Read the full story here.

California’s Nurse Practitioners: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care

California Health Care Foundation (September 6, 2018)

California is 1 of 28 states — and the only western state — that restricts NPs by requiring them to work with physician oversight. A large body of research has linked such restrictions to a lower supply of NPs, poorer access to care for state residents, lower use of primary care services, and greater rates of hospitalization and emergency department visits. Although dozens of studies demonstrate that the quality of NP care is comparable to the quality of physician care, and that there is no difference in care when there is no physician oversight, proponents of scope of practice restrictions continue to argue that oversight is necessary for quality care. Read the full story here.

'Recycling' Good Doctors Can Ease Primary Care Physician Shortage

Health eCareers (August 30, 2018)

It's not news that the United States expects a shortage of as many as 120,000 physicians by 2030, according to the most recent data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Breaking that number down further, shortages are expected of between 14,800 and 49,300 primary care physicians (PCPs) — a wide range, but it still foretells a problem. The nation needs more PCPs, and these physicians aren't going to appear out of thin air. Part of the solution may lie in reengaging physicians who have left the workforce. Read the full story here.

Tuition-Free Med School Touches Off Multimillion-Dollar Debate

California Healthline (August 29, 2018)

The highly ranked New York University’s School of Medicine announced with much fanfare earlier this month that it is raising $600 million from private donors to eliminate tuition for all its students — surpassing a UCLA initiative implemented in 2013. NYU is even providing refunds to those currently enrolled. Before the announcement, annual tuition was $55,018. Read the full story here.

6 Ways Geriatric Medicine Practitioners Can Ease the Load of PCPs

Health eCareers (July 9, 2018)

It’s no secret that primary care physician jobs are expected to increase in number over the next decade. There is already a shortage of primary care physicians in some parts of the country, and that shortage is expected to become more acute as more Americans reach retirement age. The enormous Baby Boom generation is reaching old age at a fast pace, and with old age come more health problems. Read the full story here.

Physician Conundrum: Independent Practice or Health System Employee?

Health eCareers (June 11, 2018)

Physician jobs, in general, are plentiful, and there is a shortage of primary care physicians in many regions. So, for many, obtaining employment as a physician currently isn’t as challenging as choosing which employment model to pursue. Most non-medical people envision physician jobs as they were a long time ago when physicians had their own independent practices or perhaps teamed up with a partner to run an independent practice. Read the full story here.

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Opinion: Gov. Brown’s Online Community College Plan Could Solve Nursing Crisis

Times of San Diego (May 5, 2018)

Though controversial among brick-and-mortar and old-school thinkers, the online-only community college could be the legacy that eclipses his father’s legendary University of California expansion. Open to all. Possibly free to all. And unrestricted by the academic calendar. Read the full story here.

California Online Community College Announces First Health Care Pathway

California Economic Summit (April 25, 2018)

California's health care providers have a workforce challenge. The state is going to need 11,000 medical coders between now and 2024—that's about 1,600 job openings a year. The proposed California online community college has announced its first partnership to establish a program pathway in the health care industry to meet needs like more coders. The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare West & Joint Employer Education Fund met with reporters Tuesday to discuss the agreement. Read the full story here.

Community Health Centers Use Telehealth to Boost Specialty Consults

mHealth Intelligence (April 12, 2018)

A network of community health centers in Washington is partnering with the MAVEN Project to give its doctors access to volunteer specialists through a telehealth platform. Read the full story here.

How Special Master's Programs Can Lead to Medical School

U.S. News and World Report (April 10, 2018)

Getting into a U.S. medical school is no easy feat. With just around 40 percent of applicants matriculating, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, those applying must set themselves apart and be as competitive as possible. For some, the path to medical school is a straight trajectory from college, but for others the path is not as linear. Read the full story here.

Culinary Medicine’s Next Wave: How Therapists Are Using The Rituals Of Eating To Treat Victims Of Trauma

New Food Economy (April 5, 2018)

From birth, Jessica says, she was sexually abused. Until she was 14, she was a victim of sex trafficking. And then she entered into an abusive relationship. That abuse, and the trauma she built up during those experiences of acute powerlessness, had broken her. She was always on guard, she says, super jumpy and hypervigilant. There was, however, one sliver of her day-to-day existence where she felt she had dominion over her experience. Read the full story here.

Pop-Up Institutes Help Medical Research Advance Quickly, Cheaply

University of California Newsroom (April 3, 2018)

Pop-up restaurants have proven to be a quick, low-cost way to test a new concept, but what happens when you apply that same nimble model to medical research? That’s the concept behind UC’s new foray into “pop-up institutes,” fast, cost-effective ways to bring people together to tackle a particular problem, without the cost and timetable of building a brick-and-mortar institution. Read the full story here.

CSUN Master’s in Health Administration Earns National Accreditation

CSUN Today (March 20, 2018)

Joanna Bialy had built a career in health care administration as a problem solver — managing a clinic, overseeing several departments, managing an operational budget and much more for Kaiser Permanente. The solution to continuing to achieve her personal ambitions was obvious: “In order to keep going up the ranks, you need to have your master’s,” she said. Read the full story here.

12 Healthcare Jobs With Most Growth Since 2007

Becker's Hospital Review (March 12, 2018)

The healthcare industry boasts 12 of the jobs across all industries that saw the most growth from 2007-17, with home health aides having the highest growth rate, according to online job finder platform CareerBuilder. CareerBuilder based the data on Emsi, the job finder platform's labor market analysis arm, which aggregates information from multiple national and local employment resources. Read the full story here.

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Intermountain Healthcare Opens New Virtual Hospital

Healthcare Informatics (March 1, 2018)

The Salt Lake City, Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has launched one of the nation’s largest virtual hospital services, bringing together 35 telehealth programs and more than 500 caregivers to enable patients to receive remote medical care, according to an announcement from the health system. Read the full story here.

Reducing Red Tape For Traveling Nurses

California Healthline (February 21, 2018)

Lauren Bond, a traveling nurse who is working a temporary job at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, has held licenses in five states and Washington, D.C. She maintains a detailed spreadsheet to keep track of license fees, expiration dates and the different courses each state requires. The 27-year-old got into travel nursing because she wanted to work and live in other states before settling down. She said she wished more states accepted the multistate license, which minimizes the hassles nurses face when they want to practice across state lines. Read the full story here.

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A New Medical School Launches in California

PR Newswire (February 20, 2018)

The California University of Science and Medicine, School of Medicine (CUSM School of Medicine) proudly announces its approval for preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The University will welcome its first incoming medical school class this August. Read the full story here.

Expert Advice For The Corporate Titans Taking On Health Care

California Healthline (January 31, 2018)

An announcement Tuesday by three of the nation’s corporate titans — Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. — that they are joining forces to address the high costs of employee health care has stirred the health policy pot. It immediately sent shock waves through the health sector of the stock market and reinvigorated talk about health care technology, value and quality. Read the full story 

In a First for California, Nurse Practitioners to Deliver Primary Care without Physician Supervision

California Health Report (January 22, 2018)

Nurse practitioners, who hold masters or doctorate degrees in nursing, can diagnose patients, prescribe medication and admit patients to the hospital. Yet in California, they typically work under the supervision of medical doctors despite their years of training.  Ballard-Hernandez is an exception, one of the few nurse practitioners now working with full practice authority in the state of California. Read the full story here.

Infographic: America's Physician Assistants

Health eCareers (February 23, 2018)

What are the top PA specialties? Where do they practice? Are they happy in their careers? Is there a high demand for PAs? How much do they make? What are the top-paying states for PAs? What's happening with PA prescribing authority? Find out in this infographic, America's Physician Assistants. Read the full story here.

What's Trending Now: Micro-Hospitals

Health eCareers (January 22, 2018)

An established buffet restaurant is in your town. They have everything: Chinese, Italian, a salad bar, fried chicken, breakfast food and sushi covered in bacon. You know you'll find something you like within the first three minutes of walking through the door.

 

But a newer Chinese restaurant has just opened. Overall, it's about the same price as the buffet restaurant, but you go to the new restaurant because it's closer to home and you had a craving for Chinese food specifically tonight after a long day at work. 

 

A micro-hospital is like that new Chinese restaurant. Read the full story here.

Program Tackles California’s Crippling Shortage of Spanish-Speaking Doctors

California Health Report (December 4, 2017)

Her whole life, Isabel Gonzalez dreamed of becoming a doctor. In her native Spain, she was the first person in her family to attend medical school. For nine years, she trained intensively, finally reaching her goal of becoming a primary care physician.

 

Then she moved to California with her American husband, and everything changed.

 

Suddenly, Gonzalez’s years of study and experience as a doctor were worthless. She didn’t have a U.S. license to practice medicine, she didn’t speak English well enough to pass the licensing exams, and she couldn’t get a medical residency because she didn’t have American-based contacts or training. Read the full story here.

10 Real Costs of Hiring a New Physician

Health eCareers (November 30, 2017)

When John Bender, M.D., started his private family medicine practice in Colorado in 2002, he worked with one other employee and one computer. Miramont Family Medicine now has 75 employees, including seven physicians with four partners, keeping busy in four locations in the state.

Now comfortably staffed and enjoying the momentum of his business, Dr. Bender is able to enjoy the positives of having enough of the right people. With more physicians in the stable and less call time for each, "it's getting easier to recruit to what is now a more appealing practice situation. I know that when a physician is drowning, and patients call and can't get in, it's definitely time to hire another provider," he says. Read the full story here.

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Getting Into Medical School Is Becoming Harder

U.S. News and World Report (October 31, 2017)

Soaring applications to medical school are making it more difficult for candidates to get accepted. Between 2006 and 2016, the number of applicants to U.S. medical schools increased by more than 35 percent, rising from 39,108 to 53,042, according to Association of American Medical Colleges admissions data. Read the full story here.

Millennials Embrace Nursing Profession — Just In Time To Replace Baby Boomers

California Healthline (October 27, 2017)

The days are long past when the only career doors that readily opened to young women were those marked teacher, secretary or nurse. Yet young adults who are part of the millennial generation are nearly twice as likely as baby boomers were to choose the nursing profession, according to a recent study. These young people, born between 1982 and 2000, are also 60 percent more likely to become registered nurses than the Gen X’ers who were born between 1965 and 1981. Read the full story here.

Healthcare Industry to Create 4 Million Jobs by 2026

Modern Healthcare (October 27, 2017)

The healthcare industry will continue to drive the nation's employment growth through 2026 by adding around 4 million new jobs, accounting for about a third of total job growth, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released earlier this week. Read the full story here.

Career Exploration: 4 Interesting Degrees in the Medical Field

Health eCareers (October 20, 2017)

Few industries need workers more than the medical field, and there are many career opportunities even if you don’t want to be a doctor or a nurse. Here are four degrees that can get you a job in healthcare – without going to med school. Read the full story here.

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Training New Doctors Right Where They’re Needed

California Healthline (October 9, 2017)

Dr. Olga Meave didn’t mind the dry, 105-degree heat that scorched this Central Valley city on a recent afternoon. Meave’s sense of familiarity with the region and its residents drew her to an ambitious program in Bakersfield whose goal is to train and retain doctors in medically underserved areas. She is now in her third and final year of the Rio Bravo Family Medicine Residency Program, operated by Clinica Sierra Vista, a chain of more than 30 clinics, mostly in the Central Valley. Read the full story here.

Med Schools Adding Integrative Medicine Courses

Health eCareers (September 5, 2017)

Aspiring physicians expect to sit in medical school courses that focus on anatomy and biochemistry. But at many schools, they can also learn about unconventional treatment options like acupuncture, hypnosis and herbal remedies in courses on what's known as integrative medicine.

Experts say it's important for prospective medical students to understand what integrative medicine is, why it's controversial and how proponents of the practice are challenging norms in the medical profession.  Read the full story here.

New Commission Plans To Address State Health Care Worker Shortage

California Healthline (August 28, 2017)

California faces a shortfall of primary care doctors and other health care providers, and the gap is expected to widen over time. A new commission unveiled this week will spend the next year investigating the problem and drafting potential solutions. The 24-member California Future Health Workforce Commission will focus on primary care, aging and mental health. Its members include politicians, doctors, educators, labor leaders and others. Read the full story here.

To Ensure The Doctor Is Always In, New Panel Tackles Health Worker Shortage

California Healthline (August 23, 2017)

Health and education leaders across California have joined forces with business and labor leaders to address workforce shortages in health care. The new group aims to create a blueprint for policymakers. Read the full story here.

Why Is Everyone Packing Up And Becoming A Travel Nurse?

Nurse.org (August 19, 2017)

Nurses around the country have learned that travel nursing has many perks and benefits. Travel nursing offers a chance to explore new places, experience diverse practice environments, and make new friends. Competitive pay, great benefits, and free housing are major reasons why nurses travel. Read the full story here.

California Community Colleges Helping Address Nursing Shortage

California Forward (August 17, 2017)

Internationally-trained nurses face a difficult barrier to practice in California. The California Board of Registered Nursing requires that, in specific courses, both classroom instruction and clinical practice must take place concurrently. In some nursing schools overseas, they are offered in consecutive semesters, which is deemed a "deficiency" and makes the applicant ineligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination), the national exam required to practice in the state. Read the full story here.

UC San Diego Launches New Centers for Integrative Health

UC San Diego (August 17, 2017)

On Saturday, August 19, UC San Diego will debut its new Centers for Integrative Health with a public conference featuring TED talk-style presentations by noted local scientists, doctors and experts on integrative medicine, mindfulness, integrative nutrition, integrative research and integrative education. Read the full story here.

Epic Move: UC San Diego Health Transitions to Cloud Technology

UC San Diego (August 7, 2017)

UC San Diego Health has moved its electronic medical records (EMR) system to the cloud. The move to an Epic-hosted cloud environment is part of a long-term strategy to shift away from traditional data centers to a less expensive, more reliable and secure repository for patients’ medical records. Read the full story here.

Infographic: Registered Nursing by the Numbers

Health eCareers (July 26, 2017)

What are the most in-demand registered nurse specialties according to healthcare employers? Where do RNs work? How much do RNs make? And are they happy? Find out in our everything RN infographic. Read the full story here.

Nursing Specialists Can Earn More Than Some Doctors

U.S. News and World Report (July 17, 2017)

Before college, Brittany Sherwood thought she would study a pre-med major, go to medical school and become a doctor. "During my first semester of college I was planning on doing pre-med, but I got a 'B' in Bio 101, and I started doing a little research and realized there was a different way to end up in a similar place," says the now-27-year-old who went to Florida State University to earn her bachelor's degree. Read the full story here.

How to Attend Medical School for Free

U.S. News and World Report (July 13, 2017)

It's not uncommon for medical school graduates to leave school with hundreds of thousands in student loan debt. Last year, among U.S. medical school graduates who borrowed, the median debt burden was $190,000, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. While the idea of graduating medical school debt-free may seem impossible, a few medical students have the privilege of receiving a free medical education, either because they attend a tuition-free medical school or because they receive a hefty sum of scholarship money. Read the full story here.

Student Health Bills On The Move; Start Time, Transportation Cola And Reserve Cap Up Next Week

California School Boards Association (July 5, 2017)

After approval in the Senate Education Committee last week, Assembly Bill 834 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach) today passed the Senate Health Committee and will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill would establish an Office of School-Based Health Programs within the California Department of Education to help administer and support school-based health programs operated by public schools. If passed, this newly created office would help support local education agencies with delivery of school-based health services (as well as processing of Medi-Cal reimbursement for those services), and improve coordination between school districts, county offices of education and the Department of Health Care Services. CSBA supports the bill. Read the full story here.

Want A Medical Degree In Three Years? It’s An Option At UC Davis, Kaiser

Sacramento Bee (July 3, 2017)

For most medical school students, summer means fun in the sun and a much-needed break from studies. But Aljanee Whitaker was hard at work in mid-June, having just started a year-round UC Davis program that fast-tracks primary care doctors to graduate in three years instead of four. Read the full story here.

$20 Million On The Way For Clinics That Serve California’s Poor

California Healthline (June 19, 2017)

California State Treasurer John Chiang plans today to announce grants totaling $20 million for community clinics that serve low-income and vulnerable Californians. Chiang’s office called the grants an “emergency” response to possible cuts in federal health care spending being contemplated in Washington. Read the full story here.

Data Points: Physician shortage projected to grow

Modern Healthcare (June 17, 2017)

There continues to be concern that the U.S. just doesn't have enough doctors. The Association of American Medical Colleges earlier this year predicted that physician demand will continue to outpace supply. It's the third year in a row that AAMC has made the assessment. The group projects that the shortage will total 34,600 to 88,000 physicians by 2025. Read the full story here.

Traveling Dentist Program Launched To Bring Proper Care To Kids

California Healthline (May 2, 2017)

"The data that we started off with showed utilization rates were about 20 percent for the Denti-Cal population," Sacramento County Health Officer Olivia Kasirye says. She hopes to increase the percentage of people who receive dental care by 5 percent each year for the next two years. Read the full story here.

State Grants Will Support Nursing Education Programs

UCI News (April 27, 2017)

The Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing was recently awarded grants for $240,000 and $80,000 through the Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development. Both are designed to bolster programs aimed at educating nurses to serve in areas of unmet need and to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the healthcare professions. Read the full story here.

Plan to Give Health Care to Every Californian Moves Forward

U.S. News and World Report (April 26, 2017)

California lawmakers pushed forward Wednesday with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone.

The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the left and is getting a new look in California as President Donald Trump struggles to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. Read the full story here.

Grant Provides Path to Nursing for American Indian Students at Cal State San Marcos

Daily Nurse (April 21, 2017)

Five American Indian students are attending the California State University (Cal State) San Marcos School of Nursing through a recently awarded grant called Graduating American Indians into Nursing (GAIN). The grant covers tuition, books, fees, and a stipend of $1,500 per month for each student. Read the full story here.

Virtual Patients Sharpen Skills For Drexel Nurse Practitioner Students

WPVI-TV (April 9, 2017)

It's the medical training version of the old joke about getting to Carnegie Hall - "practice, practice, practice." Technology has changed the way we learn on every level of schooling. At Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia, a new system is giving some medical pros in-training practical experience, through a unique collection of 'patients.' Read the full story here.

‘Eldercare May Be The New Growth Sector’ In A Rapidly Changing Labour Market

North Bay Nugget (April 4, 2017)

Nipissing District will experience significant aging over the next three decades, a new report indicates. The seventh installment of Northern Projections: Human Capital Series projects seniors will account for 30 per cent of the population by 2041, up from 18 per cent in 2013. Working-age people (20-64) will account for about half the population, down from 61 per cent in 2013. Read the full story here.

How This California Student Was Offered $1 Million In Financial Aid – Without A Perfect SAT Or GPA

The Mercury News (March 24, 2017)

Like most middle-class parents, Kristin Skibo and her husband thought about putting their three children through college and took several deep breaths. Their eldest, Josh Barri, faces some learning challenges and for a variety of reasons a small private university seemed like the best fit. But when the JSerra Catholic High School senior started opening college acceptance letters he was shocked – and thrilled. Read the full story here.

Here’s What Kaiser Permanente is Planning for its Pasadena Medical School

Pasadena Star News (March 21, 2017)

Kaiser Permanente is moving forward with plans to replace an old Pasadena office building and parking lot with a state of the art, 80,000 square foot School of Medicine.  Early renderings of the school, located at 94 S. Los Robles Ave, show a four-story, contemporary building with floor-to-ceiling windows on the first floor, an open rooftop for students and high tech classrooms.  Read the full story here.

Dentistry Advocates Aim To Fill Medicare Gaps

California Healthline (March 17, 2017)

Carolyn Thompson’s tight-lipped smile hides a health care problem the 81-year-old retired nurse can’t afford to correct and Medicare won’t pay for. She needs dentures. Her missing bottom teeth make chewing difficult, so she avoids hard fruits and foods that provide valuable nutrients. Thompson hasn’t seen a dentist in years, even though there’s one where she lives, in the Fair Haven retirement community here. Read the full story here.

University Of California, Stanford Partner On Research To Improve Health In California And Nationwide

UC Davis School of Medicine (March 7, 2017)

The University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, and Development program (UC BRAID) and Stanford University have formed an alliance to combine resources and develop a coordinated approach to research targeting the health of Californians – a partnership that can serve as a model for collaborations throughout the country. Read the full story here.

San Bernardino County Awards Colton Medical School a $10 Million Contract

San Bernardino County Sun (March 7, 2017)

San Bernardino County Supervisors on Tuesday approved, without discussion, a $10 million, five-year agreement to support the effort for a new medical school in Colton. The California University of Science and Medicine’s School of Medicine is expected to open in summer 2018 inside temporary headquarters in San Bernardino and then move to its permanent home just north of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, the county hospital in Colton, said Dr. Dev GnanaDev, founder, president and CEO of CalMed. Read the full story here.

New California Laws Effective in 2017

Leavitt Group (March 20, 2017)

With the all the political changes at the Federal level since last November 8th, this year’s update on new California laws kind of got lost in the shuffle. So here, better late than never, is a list and brief summary of selected California bills that may be of interest to employers. Most of these are in the areas of Employment, Insurance and Health Benefits. Most bills are effective January 1, 2017; other effective dates are noted, where applicable. Read the story here.

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Fresno State's Castro Says Talk Of New Valley Medical School Should Include UC

Valley Public Radio (February 27, 2017)

Fresno State President Joseph Castro says he wants to see any new effort to build a public medical school in the San Joaquin Valley be a collaboration between the UC and CSU systems. Last month, Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula introduced a bill in Sacramento that would authorize a new medical school at Fresno State. But the state’s master plan for higher education calls for medical schools to be the domain only of the University of California. Read the full story here.

Not Your Grandfather’s Med School: Changes Trending In Med Ed

AMA Wire (February 7, 2017)

After many decades that saw little change in how medicine is taught, medical schools are rethinking nearly every facet of physician training. A report analyzes the efforts to better prepare the physicians of the future and presents trends in medical school curricula. These include earlier exposure to patient care, growing focus on the science of health systems, more team-based learning opportunities, shorter times to completion and greater emphasis on new technology. Read the full story here.

University of California, Irvine Announces Newly Approved Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing

Daily Nurse (February 6, 2017)

After recent approval from the University of California Board of Regents, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has announced their new Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. UCI’s nursing school is now the fourth nursing school in the UC system and their newly achieved school status is well deserved as the nursing program celebrates 10 years of educating future nurses. Read the full story here.

The U.S. Is Running Out of Nurses

The Atlantic (February 3, 2016)

he country has experienced nursing shortages for decades, but an aging population means the problem is about to get much worse. Read the full story here.

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Assemblyman Arambula Proposes Medical School for Fresno State

The Fresno Bee (January 24, 2017)

Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, introduced legislation Monday to establish a medical school at Fresno State, which if approved by lawmakers would be the first in the state not at a University of California campus. Arambula voiced interest in Fresno State as a site for a medical school at a meeting in September to discuss health-care needs. Historically, California has relied on the UC system for medical education, but Arambula said the state has allowed other advanced degrees to be offered at state universities such as California State University, Fresno. He expressed concern over the slow progress being made to establish a medical school at UC Merced. Read the full story here.

Healthcare Drives Yearly Job Growth

Modern Healthcare (January 6, 2017)

Healthcare created more jobs than any other sector in 2016, helping to drive total annual job growth to 2.2 million, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read the full story here.

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17 New California Laws You Should Know In 2017

KCRA (January 3, 2017)

As we near the end of 2016, 898 new laws will go into effect in California in 2017 ranging from cellphone use while driving to gun control to human trafficking to booze at hair salons. Check out these 17 laws that could affect you in the new year. Read the full story here.

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Alumna Donates $7 Million to California State University, LA to Name School of Nursing

Daily Nurse (January 3, 2017)

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) recently received a $7 million gift to name the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing and establish the Chin Family Institute for Nursing. Dr. Patricia Chin became a strong supporter of the university after earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the university in 1980 and 1984 respectively. She later served as director of the Cal State LA School of Nursing and was named emerita faculty upon her retirement. Read the full story here.

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