“With the passing of Professor Francis Fontan on the 14th of January 2018, the community of congenital heart professionals lost one of its greatest leaders. He was a surgical innovator, a man of science, and a European visionary.”1
Though they attended the same medical schools and underwent the same training as their male counterparts, female physicians still earn about 27 percent less than male physicians, according to a study from the medical networking site Doximity. Specialities with the largest wage gap included occupational medicine, hematology and urology, while pediatric cardiology and geriatrics had the smallest wage gap.
It sadly comes as no surprise that out of approximately 160,000 surgeons in the US, only 19% are female. Surgery has long been the domain of male physicians, with the first female surgeon in Britain entering the modern field in the early 1800s (and, even then, disguised as a man). Since then, the increase has been infinitesimally slow, with the number only hitting 14% in 2001.
Women surgeons are at a disadvantage when it comes to developing their leadership potential. A 2010 Academic Medicine study reported that even though female students make up almost half of medical school classes, fewer female medical students see themselves as leaders. According to a Harvard Business Review study, women are 1.4 times more likely to receive subjective feedback as opposed to objective critique.
Patients receiving hemodialysis are at high risk for morbidity and mortality related to cardiovascular (CV) events. In fact, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is responsible for two out of every five deaths of dialysis patients. Hospitalization for CVD is common among hemodialysis patients and causes a substantial burden not only on themselves, but also on their providers, payers and society.
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) remains a last ditch therapy to treat neonatal, pediatric and adult patients suffering from severe respiratory syndrome and/or cardiac failure after they have not responded to other medical treatments.
CMS announced a new voluntarily bundled-payment model, called the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement-Advanced Model (BPCI Advanced), that is considered the first alternative model proposed by the Trump administration.
One in seven American adults, or 30 million people, are now estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Many people, however, don’t know they have it.
Nephrology nursing can be a rewarding job. Many nephrology nurses enter the field wanting to make the process of dialysis easier for their patients and see it as an opportunity to connect on a deeper level with patients and their families. Dialysis nursing also has a predicted job growth rate of 26% over the next decade.
Most of us have recently filled out and paid our income taxes. The average income tax payment is about $10,000. But did you know that Medicaid and Medicare combined are one of the top expenditures from that average $10,000 we pay in tax dollars?