Summer 2011

In This Issue:

  • Get Free Stuff
  • Advocacy Update - Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Loan Modifications
  • Too Few Health Professionals Getting Flu Shots
  • Residency Highlight - Brown Emergency Medicine Residency
  • CME Tracker


Advocacy Update - Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Loan Modifications

Even though the new law includes $17 billion for Pell Grants in FY 2012-13, it leaves the program roughly $1.3 billion short of expected needs.  Unfortunately, the funding to pay for the Pell Grants is derived from the elimination of federally subsidized loans for graduate students, which means they will have to rely on unsubsidized loans and pay the interest as it starts accruing from the moment they take out the loan (no more deferment of interest until six months after graduation).  Furthermore, the law eliminates the 0.25 percent interest reduction for all students who make payments toward their loan through their online checking or savings accounts.

A detailed summary of the Budget Control Act is available on the ACEP Website.


Too Few Health Professionals Getting Flu Shots

In many ways, experts consider the 2011-12 influenza season off to a good start. Manufacturers, who are expected to produce a record number of seasonal flu vaccine doses, have not reported delays. Vaccine is arriving in physician offices across the country. And this year's flu season is expected to be typical, similar to last season.

But experts worry that not enough health professionals and others who have contact with patients will get the flu vaccine.

Data show that 63.5% of health care personnel were vaccinated against influenza during the 2010-11 season, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of 1,931 health care workers in the Aug. 19 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That is a slight increase from the 61.9% who received the seasonal flu vaccine during the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic in 2009-10.   Click here to read more...

Residency Highlight - Brown Emergency Medicine Residency

Our mission is to provide resident physicians with the highest quality education in Emergency Medicine. Our goal is to develop emergency physicians with exceptional compassion and knowledge, and who will provide superior medical care. We seek to instill in our residents the highest professional standards as clinicians, scholars, and leaders in the field of Emergency Medicine. Learn more ...


ACEP's Member-Only CME Tracker

Managing your CME credits has never been easier.  If you haven't visited the CME Tracker on your ACEP profile, you're missing out.  Now, earned ACEP CME credits are automatically added to your CME Tracker.  This member-only benefit gives you options to edit your hours and print your CME certificate from one central location.  ACEP members can also print a transcript of their CME history.  Stay on top of you CME credit with ACEP's CME Tracker.  Get started today by  clicking here.

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