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Public Policy

Ira P. Monka, DO, Calls on Physicians to Urge Lawmakers to Protect Patient Access to Care

This week, AOA President Ira P. Monka, DO, launched a grassroots campaign encouraging his colleagues to help facilitate change on Capitol Hill by writing their federal lawmakers to ask them to reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program (THCGME) and prevent a government shutdown. Dr. Monka’s message states that a looming government shutdown … Read More

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How I boxed my way through boards

Boards preparation is a distinctive season of medical school for many students. As students continue through each module, we may realize how much we have forgotten from previous topics as we approach our dedicated boards study period.

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The DO Book Club, September 2023: “The Algorithm Will See You Now”

Welcome back to The DO Book Club! Imagine the year is 2035 and the miracle of artificial intelligence (AI) has been so thoroughly integrated into the art and science of medical care that life-and-death decisions are made for us by a computerized algorithm that can predict whether cancer treatment will be successful or not. What … Read More

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The craze behind weight-loss injectables

In 2012, Novo Nordisk synthesized a compound called semaglutide in an effort to increase the half-life of its counterpart drug liraglutide. These glucagon-like-peptide-1 receptor agonists, originally formulated for patients with Type 2 diabetes, work by promoting the release of insulin to decrease glucose levels.

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Shots heard across the nation: Taking steps to avert mass shootings in our schools

I lay drenched in sweat on the yoga mat, blinking up toward the wall, finally feeling my lungs fill fully with air. The instructor entered the room and said, “I am so sorry to do this right now, but everyone needs to leave the studio as quickly and safely as possible. There is an active … Read More

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Preparing for ERAS: What’s new for the 2023-2024 residency application cycle

If you are reading this article because you are putting together a residency application for this year’s application cycle, take a moment to look up, and breathe—as deeply into your belly as you are able.

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