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Abstract | November 13, 2020

Mastocytic Enterocolitis in Systemic Mastocytosis: A Case Report

Systemic Mastocytosis, a subcategory of mastocytosis, has many different extracutaneous manifestations including gastrointestinal (GI) tract involvement. While GI involvement can be deemed nonspecific due to generalized mast cell mediators from the disease, a mastocytic enterocolitis has only been recently described and studied. This case presents a 65-year old male with a six-month history of chronic diarrhea as well as severe allergic reactions who was diagnosed with mastocytic enterocolitis after endoscopy. A trial therapy with omalizumab was successfully used as treatment for both the GI and systemic manifestations of mastocytosis.

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Abstract | November 13, 2020

Assessing the efficacy of didactic modules in training health care professionals in interprofessional geriatrics care

The population of Americans aged 65 years or older will account for roughly 20% of the U.S. population by 2030. According to the National Council on Aging, roughly 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

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Abstract | November 13, 2020

Surveying the Opinions of Urology Program Directors Regarding the Change of USMLE Step 1 Scoring to Pass/Fail

Step 1 is an exam required of medical students as part of licensing which assesses knowledge and application of basic science concepts relating to medicine, and assigns students a numerical score, with 194 as the minimum to pass. Recently, the USMLE announced that Step 1 reports will change from a numerical grade to pass/fail.

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Abstract | November 13, 2020

Facilitators and Barriers associated with Mentoring Relationships from Medical Students’ Perspective – A Multi-Institutional Cross-Sectional Study

Mentoring is important for both professional and personal development in medical education. However, the characteristics of mentoring relationships among medical students are not well characterized. Despite its importance, the prevalence medical student mentorship ranges dramatically between 26%-77%, with studies primarily focusing on a specific population of medical students. The primary goal of this study was to update and determine the rate of mentorship among medical students across medical schools in the United States.

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Abstract | October 28, 2020

Paternalism in the Medically Underserved Patient: A Case Report

The two Principles involved in the balancing of paternalism in the delivery of healthcare are autonomy and beneficence. When there are clear limitations to a patient’s autonomous decision making, such as lack of capacity, the case for paternalism is more easily justified.

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