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Briefly Noted December 2013

Frank Diamond

Encouraging news about the future supply of doctors: For the first time the number enrolling in medical schools in the United States exceeded 20,000, says the Association for American Medical Colleges. The 2013–2014 school year sees enrollment of 20,055 students. Four new medical schools opened this year, and existing schools are expanding class sizes, researchers say.... Health literacy tests might benefit patients and doctors alike, according to a study in the journal Surgery. They could give patients a more positive outlook on their treatments while giving physicians a better idea of just what patients do and don’t understand. The tests need to be short and simple, though.

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