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ICYMI: Teaching hospital infractions, ‘father of modern gynecology,’ combating diabetes in the Rio Grande Valley

Three top stories from around the web.


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1. The next generation of doctors may be learning bad habits at teaching hospitals with many safety violations

According to a STAT analysis of federal inspection data, some residents may be learning bad habits at their teaching hospitals. Most teaching hospitals had no citations from 2014 to 2017, but some racked up dozens of safety violations. What young physicians learn about safety protocols from their teaching hospitals goes with them for the rest of their careers.

Learn about the positive changes teaching hospitals are making to put patient safety at the forefront of care. —STAT News

2. The surgeon who experimented on slaves 

After growing public outcry, New York City will remove from Central Park the statute of James Marion Sims, who performed surgeries on enslaved women without anesthesia. Known as the “father of modern gynecology,” he invented the modern speculum and the Sims’ position for vaginal exams.

Learn more about the controversies surrounding the surgeon and his defenders. —The Atlantic

3. Fighting Big Soda, one flea market at a time

To combat diabetes in the Rio Grande Valley, health care providers meet the community at their cultural center—a flea market. With half of the adult population diabetic or prediabetic and a third of them uninsured, the prevention program—equipped with public health experts and local health care providers—offers free point-of-care testing for the chronic disease and provides education for nutrition and physical activity.

Since their 2014 launch, the program has screened 3,500 people and given prevention information to 12,000 people in this community. —Medpage Today

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