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Another USMLE Shocker: Step 2 CS Going Remote, Virtual

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) assessment is switching to a remote virtual format, according to an announcement detailed in a podcast on Thursday. The all-day exam, which traditionally requires test takers to have physical contact with standardized patients, has been suspended during the pandemic for safety reasons. Thursday's…

Can a COVID-19 Vaccine Stop the Spread? Good Question.

Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Scientists involved in oversight of the Operation Warp Speed COVID-19 vaccine trials are tempering excitement about efficacy, noting that the studies haven't shown yet whether the products can prevent transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. "We don't know if people can become…

Renowned Interventional Cardiologist Dies of COVID-19

The interventional cardiology community is mourning the loss of Prof Anthony "Tony" Gershlick, MBBS, who died November 20 of COVID-19. He was 69. Gershlick was a "talented, dedicated and much loved colleague," reads a statement issued by the University of Leicester, where he was affiliated for more than three decades. Gershlick, a consultant cardiologist at…

Transgender Cancer Patients May Not Realize Treatment Can Interact With Their Hormone Therapy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Transgender cancer patients often were not told of potential interactions between cancer treatment and gender-affirming hormone therapy, a case series reveals. "We found few patients had documentation of conversations regarding how cancer care may affect their prior, ongoing, or future gender-affirming care," Dr. Daphne Haas-Kogan of Brigham and Women's Hospital…

Remote, Non-Physician-Led Care Cuts LDL, BP in High-Risk Patients

A novel algorithm-based disease management program, led by pharmacists and nonlicensed navigators, optimized cholesterol and blood pressure levels in high-risk patients, according to an interim report from the first 5000 patients. Mean low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels fell from 125 mg/dL to 73 mg/dL among those who finished active treatment titration and from 133 mg/dL…

Why The Queen’s Gambit Is the Best Sports Show Ever

YOU MAY have been hearing buzz over the last month or so about a certain Netflix Original Chess Show. We have also heard that buzz. We have also participated in that buzz. And now we are going to further drive that buzz, simply by stating a truth: The Queen's Gambit is the best sports show…
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