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.
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. Read the full story here.
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.
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. Read the full story here.
Lawmakers push for healthcare workers to receive same benefits as law enforcement, military. Read the full story here.
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.
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.
An Asian American physician calls for more diversity and a commitment to health equity in US medical schools. Read the full story here.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.