January 17, 2022 Houston, TX – Advanced Health Education Center (AHEC) has announced the addition of Rebecca Montz, Ed.D., MBA, CNMT, PET, NMTCB (RS), RT(N)(CT), as the new Vice President of Education Services. Dr. Montz joins our team from Louisiana where she was the Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development for River Parishes Community College System. She has also served as the Dean of Health Services … Continue reading AHEC Welcomes Dr. Rebecca Montz as New Vice President of Education Services
Alex Oshmyansky, MD, PhD is 33 years old and a mild-mannered radiologist. He is going to war with the big drug companies. His partner in the battle is Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of Shark Tank. Their strategy is to buy generics from the manufacturer and sell them direct. Oshmyansky grew up around Denver with parents from Ukraine and Moldova. He … Continue reading A Radiologist with a Better Idea
Physician assistants are fighting for a name change. They no longer want to be seen as assistants simply because they provide care as part of a team, says Leslie Clayton, a Minnesota physician assistant of 23 years. They would like to be called ‘physician associates’. A national professional society, American Academy of PAs (AAPA), has already started the process to replace ‘assistant’ with ‘associate’. They … Continue reading RUMBLE! RUMBLE! RUMBLE! The Title Fight Between PAs (Physician Assistants) and Physicians
What do you imagine when you think of the winter holidays? Most people imagine good cheer, spending time with loved ones, and holiday traditions. However, as people gather to feast and celebrate together, the risk of ending the holidays in the hospital also increases. Amidst the holiday cheer lurks the risk of holiday mishaps. In 2013, the CPSC Acting Chairman estimated that there were 250 … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season…For Injuries
A new study by Dr. Shepherd and colleagues has recently shown that deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence, has a higher precision rate of detecting cancer risks in mammograms compared to conventional methods. Screening mammograms can detect early signs of breast cancer, which improves the chances of surviving for the patient, but screening mammograms usually miss about 20% of breast cancers. On the flip side, a false-negative result means a delay in crucial treatment, … Continue reading The Impact of Deep Learning AI on Mammography
I can still hear them clapping and ringing the bells. It was just one year ago. Some of the most enduring images from last Spring were people standing on their balconies clapping as healthcare workers came to the hospitals. Now, a recent study found nearly 20 percent of medical workers have resigned since the start of the pandemic. Another 30 percent have considered leaving. Many … Continue reading How to Transform from Healthcare Hero to Archenemy in Less Than One Year!
Dinosaurs, one of Earth’s greatest creatures, has intrigued people for generations. Unfortunately, the only public places left to see remnants of those extinct creatures are museums. Most people have probably seen the skeleton of a brontosaurus or compared themselves to the T-rex’s footprint before, but have you ever wondered what goes into taking a fossil and displaying it for the public to see? Radiology plays … Continue reading The Role of Radiology in Paleontology
Hearing about healthcare workers who are tired and stressed isn’t surprising these days. Staffing shortages are being reported in many different ways on the internet and social media. The community boards are advertising, as well as specialty websites and Facebook and LinkedIn. Many rad techs are posting they are considering traveling and the burnout remarks are everyday fodder. In exploring the myths and certainties of … Continue reading Radiology Staffing Shortages Nation Wide?
In 2017, I wrote a blog about Burnout Syndrome. Wow! What we didn’t know back then seems to be eons ago. Now, we are in another pandemic surge, this one worse than the first. And, there is no end in sight with Winter just around the corner. Healthcare workers are angry, disappointed, and leaving in big numbers. Who will be here to turn off the lights? Staffing … Continue reading The Mass Migration – Out of Healthcare!
The time is Sunday night, August 1, 2021. The place is Lyndon B Johnson Hospital, Houston, TX. The nursing shortage has come to a peak. There are 130 patients in the emergency room waiting to see the doctor. The hospital was forced to declare an “internal disaster” and put the emergency room on “drive-by” status, halting ambulance traffic to the emergency room as the wait … Continue reading Hospitals Are Amazing Places…if you have enough staff and caregivers