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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Washtenaw County Influenza Surveillance – 1/31/2014

Reports of confirmed influenza in Washtenaw County are decreasing. Locally, Washtenaw peaked during the week ending January 4th. Influenza A/H1N1 is still the dominant strain this season, with a few cases of influenza A/H3 and B reported as well. Please see the local flu curve: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/disease_control/flu-graph-29jan2014 Hospitalizations and Deaths: Flu-related hospitalizations in Washtenaw residents are…
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Jeffrey S. Kutcher, MD, to Speak at General Session on March 12, 2014

Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher is a sports neurologist in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan. He is the Director of Michigan NeuroSport, the university’s academic sports neurology program, where he oversees clinical care, education, and research activities. This academic year, his NeuroSport program began training the first fellow in sports neurology in the…
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UMHS to Accept More Affordable Care Act Plans

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Only weeks into the New Year, the first people covered under new Affordable Care Act insurance plans have begun to come to the University of Michigan Health System’s hospitals and health centers for appointments and procedures. UMHS accepts most of the plans offered to individuals and small businesses on the private…
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WCMS Externship Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications From Students and Mentors

The WCMS Externship Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for scholarships, as well as looking for WCMS members interested in mentoring undergraduate students, and businesses interested in donating funds to support the scholarships. The program is targeted toward undergraduate students interested in a career in medicine. Applications will also be accepted for students interested in…
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MSMS Makes Online Submissions Available for 2014 HOD Resolutions

The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) is now accepting resolutions for the 2014 House of Delegates online. All resolutions must be submitted to MSMS by March 1, 2014. To submit your resolution, please click on: http://www.msms.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&Template=/Customsource/HOD/resolutions.cfm Instructions on how to write a resolution can be found at: http://www.msms.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&CONTENTID=24007&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm WCMS members are encouraged to go thru…
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AMA/RAND Study on Factors Affecting Physician Satisfaction

The results of a study commisioned by the American Medical Association and put out by the RAND Corporation on factors affecting physician performance, were released October 9, 2013. The study examined physicians' perceptions of the quality of care, use of electronic health records (EHRs), practice organization, and overall physician satisfaction. One of the key findings…
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Influenza Cases Continue to Rise

Health officials are reporting a rapid increase in the number of individuals seeking treatment for flu. Over 63 area residents have been hospitalized, with two adult deaths. Thirty of those hospitalizations have occurred in the last two weeks, and many hospitalized patients are younger adults. The vaccination status of all hospitalized patients is not known;…
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Washtenaw County Flu Activity, January 2014

Influenza reports continue to increase in Washtenaw County residents. Influenza A is dominant so far this season, with A/H1N1 subtyped in the majority of cases. A few influenza B cases have been diagnosed. Respiratory illness rates in schools and child care centers are low. Hospitalizations associated with influenza infection are climbing quickly. The age range…
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