As health care providers, technology has allowed us to have more tools than ever at our disposal. We use online toolkits to assist in treating our patients, eReferrals to provide more efficient access to smoking cessation resources, and electronic health records can make everything more accessible for both providers and patients.
Local high school students interested in a career in medicine got the opportunity to shadow a doctor for a day, courtesy of the Clark County Medical Society’s Youth MiniMED Internship program.
The program, which will took place October 1-11, helped students from local magnet, private, and public high schools who are interested in a career in medicine experience a half or full day “internship”, where they were able to follow a physician through appointments, surgeries, and more.
The State of Nevada is currently facing a severe physician shortage. In a 2017 report by the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges), Nevada ranked 49th in the Nation for active physicians by degree type per 100,000 population (1), and 47th in the Nation overall for physicians per 100,000 population. Specifically, the AAMC report ranked Nevada 48th in primary care physicians per capita. Because many Nevadans lack access to necessary healthcare, the importance of increasing the supply of physicians has been a focus in recent years.
This year’s 114th Annual Meeting and Scientific Session was held on September 28-30th in Henderson, Las Vegas at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and included many memorable moments. Here are our top five highlights of the NSMA meeting.
You hear it all the time from doctors — they would never choose medicine if they had it to do all over again. It’s practically a mantra, with the implication being a doctor ain’t it’s all cracked up to be.
Two words. It is the Boy Scout motto, and it is the reason that we physicians train so hard for so long. We must be prepared to use our knowledge, training, and experience to help our patients and community.
The 80th Annual Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA) Meeting took place this past weekend, remembering the victims of last year’s October 1st massacre at Route 91 Harvest Festival and featuring CME presentations, healthcare policy topics, and other interesting discussions. For the first time, CCMS medical student delegates could vote and deliberate on Nevada’s healthcare policies.
Well, it’s been over eight months since the new opioid law went into effect, and I think it’s safe to say that the dust has settled to some extent. Most practitioners have a good understanding of the reasoning behind the law, and the intent of the laws in an effort to battle the opioid crisis. Unfortunately, however, when the new law took effect January 1st, many prescribers were taken by surprise due to the numerous procedural changes that the new law required. Uncertainty about the law created significant confusion and heightened anxiety for those who prescribe controlled substances.
My, how our city and the Clark County Medical Society has changed over the past year. On 1 October, a madman with an arsenal unleashed on a country music festival and many of you rushed to local hospitals, donned surgical gowns, gloves and masks and jumped in ready and willing to help save lives, even to help perform procedures or assist in ways you hadn’t done since residencies.