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June 2010

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

It is always an exciting adventure to put together an issue of this journal. Even when the articles are slow to come in, or there is no apparent theme or direction, things will fall together in an amazing way.

2. Community Health Centers: A Rich Learning Experience for Students

Leslie M. Bailey, M.P.H., M.B.A.

The state of our nation’s health care delivery system continues to be a pressing issue. Health care costs are unsustainable, access is declining and quality is waning.

3. Health Care Reform and Osteopathic Medical Education

Stephen C. Shannon, D.O., M.P.H.

Within the last few weeks, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

4. Health Reform

 

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), an historic act expected to cover 32 million uninsured Americans at a cost of $940 billion while reducing the deficit by $143 billion over that same time frame.

5. “What Did I Learn?” How I Became My Own Coach and Help Others Do the Same

Laurence A. Savett, M.D., F.A.C.P.

In our training and growth as health care professionals, we look to our instructors and others as coaches, people who help us learn not only concrete skills but also ways to solve complex problems and form meaningful and productive relationships with patients and colleagues.

6. On Whether How We Do What We Do Is Perhaps More Important Than What We Do - Reflections of an Advisor

Carol Baffi-Dugan, M.A.

It has always been my opinion that the business we are in is communication. Surely, we teach, organize programs, write letters of recommendation, collect resources, and do the myriad of other things that health professions advisors do.

7. Employing a Situational Perspective in Advising Students about Premedical Clinical Experiences

Kathleen C. Scheltens, Ph.D.

Students planning a career in medicine or other health care professions begin the medical education process long before they enter the medical or health professional program.

8. Beyond the Numbers: Answering the Question of Student Acceptance Rates to Professional School

Erica Ashauer, M.A.

It seems this question is more prevalent than ever before. Prospective students are often prompted by high school counselors, family, friends, professionals in health care they know, and others in their life they trust to ask this.

9. Book Review: MCAT Verbal Reasoning Mastery: The Complete Reading Comprehension Program

Reviewed by Ruth O. Bingham, Ph.D.

In MCAT Verbal Reasoning Mastery: The Complete Reading Comprehension Program, Charles A. Chaney opines that the Verbal Reasoning section of the Medical College Admission Test is both the most feared and the most difficult.

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