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July 2010 Briefing - Ophthalmology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for July 2010. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Specialties See Modest Compensation Increases in '09

FRIDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Most medical specialties saw modest compensation increases in 2009, but many provider organizations are still operating at a substantial loss, according to the findings of the American Medical Group Association's (AMGA) 2010 Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey.

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5.2 Percent of Residency Applicant Essays Plagiarized

TUESDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- About 5 percent of the application essays to residency programs -- often referred to as the personal statement -- contain plagiarized material, according to research published in the July 20 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Surgical Residents' Fellowship Decisions Are Gender-Neutral

MONDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- A surgery resident's decision to pursue fellowship training is largely due to a desire for clinical mastery and specialty activities regardless of gender, with lifestyle factors of only midrange importance and program size appearing more influential than gender, according to research published in the July issue of the Archives of Surgery.

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Ophthalmology Applications May Contain Article Misrepresentation

WEDNESDAY, July 14 (HealthDay News) -- Although ophthalmology has a relatively low reported percentage of residency applicant publication misrepresentation, it still occurs, with self-promotion on the author list being most common, according to a review published in the July issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology.

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Visual Acuity Screening in Adolescents May Miss Issues

TUESDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- Testing adolescents for visual acuity (VA) can reliably detect myopic refractive error, but is not effective for detecting hyperopia or astigmatism, according to a study in the July issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology.

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Many Doctors in Specialties Other Than Their Early Choices

WEDNESDAY, July 7 (HealthDay News) -- Ten years after graduation, approximately one-fourth of doctors work in a specialty other than the one they chose in their third year post-graduation, according to research published online July 6 in BMJ.

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'Miniature Telescope' for Eye Approved for Macular Degeneration

TUESDAY, July 6 (HealthDay News) -- A tiny telescope that's implanted in an eye affected by advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Report Addresses Physician Financial Conflicts in Care

THURSDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- In a new report, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) urges U.S. teaching hospitals to establish policies that ensure financial relationships between physicians and industry do not result in conflicts of interest that influence patient care.

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