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Study finds 80% of medical students feel a low sense of personal achievement

Nearly 80 per cent of medical students report a low sense of personal achievement, according to a new study. Researchers interviewed 385 medical students to assess their level of burnout, which is defined in the study as having three dimensions: Emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a low sense of personal achievement. “That 80 per cent feel a low sense of achievement

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It will take 99.5 years to close the global gender gap, according to new survey

Image courtesy: World Economic Forum It will take 99.5 years to close the gender gap in health, education, work, and political sectors, according to a new Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum.  The assessment is nearly a decade better than 2018’s estimate, which calculated it would take 108 years to reach global parity. The improved outlook is attributed to an

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Number of medical students with disabilities on the rise

File photo courtesy: Pixabay The number of U.S. medical students reporting a disability is on the rise, according to a new research letter in JAMA.  Part of the reason, according to researchers, could be due to medical schools’ efforts to create disability-friendly spaces. Nearly all of the students who participated in the research said their school made accommodations to support them. The

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Little support for women physicians may explain why it’s hard to find a family doctor in Canada

By Rebecca Renkas, University of Toronto The complaints are ubiquitous — “my doctor retired;” “my doctor is on maternity leave;” “the clinic isn’t accepting new patients.” Medicare, a pillar of pride for most Canadians, doesn’t feel universal for those struggling, sometimes waiting years, to access a family doctor. It might seem like a problem of supply and demand — not

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Black patients with Alzheimer’s gene can erase cognitive decline with higher education

Photo credit: Pixabay. Education may help eliminate the risk of cognitive decline associated with the APOE e4 gene in non-Hispanic Black people, according to a new study. The APOE e4 gene is the most significant genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease in all segments of the population — but previous studies have focused non-Hispanic white people, according to the

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Narcissists report lower levels of stress, depression due to lack of empathy

Photo credit: Queen’s. Research from Queen’s University Belfast says a healthy level of narcissism can lower stress and depression, but it’s not all good news. Narcissists possess an inflated sense of self and a lack of empathy. While that can be beneficial to the individual, it may not benefit society, because the lack of stress stems from an inability to care about the

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‘Significant’ racial bias found in widely-used U.S. health care algorithim

Photo courtesy: Pixabay/vitalworks A national, U.S.-based algorithm used by health insurers to make decisions for millions of patients demonstrates “significant racial bias,” according to a study by a team of researchers. The authors are working with developers to reduce bias. According to a statement by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the tool “underestimates the health needs of black patients

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