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In the third episode of the JAOA's new podcast series, Behind the Research, Melissa Schmidt (JAOA Director) interviews Harris Ahmed, DO, author of a recent article in which he and his 4 co-authors analyzed the practice locations of 643 ophthalmologists in Michigan, traditionally a hub of osteopathic education and practice, and found a higher proportions DOs practicing in rural communities, suggesting a familiar trend toward osteopathic involvement in underserved areas. Dr. Ahmed discusses these findings in Michigan as a "case study" for how traditional differences in practice patterns for DOs and MDs in primary care are also borne out in surgical subspecialties. He also discusses how expansion of graduate medical education (GME) could help strategically redistribute specialists  of all medical education backgrounds into underserved areas. The article is available at the JAOA website.  SHOW NOTESInterview with Dr. Ahmed in The DO:  "Expanding GME, rather than expanding scope of practice, can alleviate looming physician shortage."  
In the second episode of the JAOA's new podcast series, Behind the Research, Melissa Schmidt (JAOA Director) interviews Danielle Prentice, DO, and Amanda Berry, DO, authors of a recent pilot study in which they reviewed the medical records of 37 patients who delivered either vaginally or via Cesarean section at a community hospital in Oklahoma, analyzing the number of opioid pills each patient was prescribed. The authors then followed up with a survey 4-6 weeks after discharge to track the number of pills that had gone unused by these patients, finding that an overall average of 9.1 pills were left. Here, we discussed their motivation for their study and the implications of these results in the context of the opioid epidemic. The article is available for free at our website.  SHOW NOTESArticle mentioned by Dr. Prentice: Peahl AF, Morgan DM, Dalton VK, et al. New persistent opioid use after acute opioid prescribing in pregnancy: a nationwide analysis. Am J Obst Gynecol. 2020; 223 (4):E1-E13. doi: . Available at: disposal location finder mentioned by Dr. Berry: LESS
In the first episode of the JAOA's new podcast series, Behind the Research, Melissa Schmidt (JAOA Director) interviews Katherine Lincoln, DO, and Beth Wagner, DO, authors of a recent article evaluating the compliance of state osteopathic medical licensing boards with ADA requirements regarding mental health questioning. (Spoiler alert: 6 of the 7 states with different osteopathic applications were not fully compliant with ADA requirements, while the states' allopathic applications were.) The authors discuss the implications of this noncompliance and disparity on mental health throughout the medical education process and make the case for state-level advocacy to rectify the persistent barrier that can ultimately turn illness into impairment. They also discuss how they fit research and writing into their busy clinical schedules. SHOW NOTESOsteopathic Medical Licensing Compliance With the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990Previous article on licensure compliance mentioned by the authorsPsychological Impairment Under the Americans with Disabilities ActMarco Polo app used during researchStyleMD
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