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    As a rheumatologist I can certainly report that we are having problems with our rheumatologic patients who are on tocilizumab for a host of diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile chronic arthritis. The problem with access is focused more ...

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    SMA Members, There seems to be a lot of frustration over the decision to divert manufacturing of this from Giant Cell patients to treat vented Covid patients. Are there other options? Randy ------------------------------ Randy Glick Executive Director ...

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  • To the Editor: “I guess what I really want to know is how I can become that good.” It is our end-of-rotation feedback session, and Jessica, the intern on the team, is describing her goals moving forward after finishing her first inpatient service. She is referencing the example set by... The post On Aristotle and Upper Leveling appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objectives: Firearms-related injuries and deaths are a leading cause of death in children and young adults ages 5 to 24 years. This study evaluated the counseling practices and barriers to providing safe firearms storage education by pediatricians and advance practice providers. Methods: An online survey was sent to 296 pediatric... The post Pediatric Providers’ Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, and Barriers to Firearms Safety Counseling appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objectives: Diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) is a patient classification system used to characterize the types of patients that the hospital manages and to compare the resources needed during hospitalization. The DRG classification is based on International Classification of Diseases diagnoses, procedures, demographics, discharge status, and complications or comorbidities and compares hospital... The post Association of the All-Patient Refined Diagnosis-Related Groups Severity of Illness and Risk of Mortality Classification with Outcomes appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • Objectives: Opioid receipt during medical hospitalizations may be associated with subsequent long-term use. Studies, however, have not accounted for pain, which may explain chronic use. The objective of this study was to identify the association between opioid exposure during a medical hospitalization and use 6 to 12 months later. Methods:... The post Association between Opioids Prescribed to Medical Inpatients with Pain and Long-Term Opioid Use appeared first on Southern Medical Association .
  • To the Editor: The editorial office of the Southern Medical Journal commends Dr Benjamin Frush for his contemplative considerations of what it is to be a “good” physician, and the importance of residents’ inculcation of role modeling for those learners for whom they are responsible.1 In addition, given Dr Frush’s... The post On “On Aristotle and Upper Leveling” appeared first on Southern Medical Association .