Medical School Scholarships

Medical education has always been a very competitive arena, and this post is actually for students who want to study in the United States. All across the world, also in Central America, the demand for medical graduates is increasing steadily, more so with growing instances of illnesses and subsequent healthcare requirements.

However, getting into medical school is a tough ask, mainly because of the competition and because of the high level of intellect required to gain admission into these courses.  You really do need to be among the best and smartest to get through the system. Once you do, however, the opportunities are aplenty. As for the financial part of it, there are lots of medical school scholarships and grants that help students get through the grind and become a boon to the society.

Informed decision making and research will not only help candidates understand grants, scholarships and opportunities for financial aid in a much better way but also help dispel misconceptions about the process. Many students of medicine think that they’re not eligible for many forms of support and aid, and this applies particularly to students from Central America, even when their previous courses are properly accredited. Several students assume that applying for a grant will not only be time-consuming, but also futile. The truth is, the financial aid and grant process is one of the most important steps that you’ll take towards getting yourself some financial relief in medical college.

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Central American Higher Education Accreditation

In a response to increased demand for tertiary-level academic education in Central America over the past decades, we’ve seen many new universities and colleges opening their doors. However, this response came primarily from the private sector without the needed regulatory oversight.

Usually, it was a state’s responsibility, or that of a state-regulated university, to safeguard the quality of education and degrees granted by the country’s institutions of tertiary education. The fact was thought that the relatively small and resource-poor governments in the Central American region not only had great difficulty to answer to the ever-increasing demand for higher education, they also were not in a position to monitor and guarantee the quality of academic standards and education provided by the private institutions that filled in the student demands.

The result was that the quality of education and degrees offered at colleges, universities, and other professional schools showed immense variety and has been questioned by citizens, businesses, and governing bodies who demanded better and regulated academic standards and equally granted access to quality education across all social classes.

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AUPRICA – The Association of Central American Private Universities

AUPRICA – Asociación de Universities Privadas de Centro América

AUPRICA (the Association of Central American Private Universities), was established in 1990. It is AUPRICA’s mission to set up a trustworthy system of accrediting private academic institutions of higher education in the Central America region. AUPRICA was founded as a response to the increasing number of private colleges and universities that operate in the region and today, there is increased awareness of the need for monitoring quality educational and safety standards in higher education all across the globe.

AUPRICA has developed a reliable accreditation method, the Central American University Accreditation System (Sistema Centroamericano de Acreditación Universitaria), in cooperation with and supported by the Council of Independent Colleges, a U.S. based organization committed to improving the commitment to society of institutions of higher education. AUPRICA is only accrediting colleges and universities that are members of the organization that are basically found in Honduras and El Salvador and Honduras. The universities and colleges assessed and accredited by AUPRICA are typically not as big as the national universities in Central America and are therefore recognized differently. Today, more than 20 universities hold AUPRICA accreditation and these school are located in Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.

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Regional Accreditation in Central America

In response to the need for tertiary-level studies in Central America over the past decades, we’ve seen many new colleges and universities open their doors to deal with the continually growing number of applicants. This response came mainly from the region’s private sector and happened without much regulatory oversight.

It was traditionally the responsibility of individual states or state-sponsored colleges and universities to safeguard the quality of education and degrees offered by a country’s institution of post-secondary education. We could see, however, that the poorly equipped and relatively small governments and academic institutions in Central America had enormous difficulty in reacting to the huge growth in the need for tertiary education, let alone that they could monitor or assess the new institutions’ quality of their educational programs.

Remember that it were mostly private institutions that had responded to the increased student demand for continued education. The consequence was that the quality of the schools and the educational programs offered at the region’s colleges, universities, and professional schools show an immense variation. Many citizens questioned the standards and demanded for all social classes equal access to standardized quality education and instruction.

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Hospitals Start EMR Steps, Struggle with Charging Overhead to Doctors

Hospitals Start EMR Steps, Struggle with Charging Overhead to Doctors

stfranciscareHospitals across the country are evaluating if, when, and how they will subsidize electronic medical record technology purchases for community physicians in light of relaxed Stark anti-kickback regulations. While a few hospitals have begun rolling out programs, most are still developing strategies.

“I see a lot of hospitals still trying to figure out what to do,” says Mark R. Anderson, CEO of healthcare technology advisory firm AC Group, Inc. of Montgomery, Texas. “Hospitals need to learn about the different advantages and disadvantages of the project before offering a service.

Some of the many considerations include whether to provide a hosted solution, whether to offer multiple applications, and how much financial assistance to provide.

St. Francis Emphasizes Integration, Offers One System

St. Francis Care in Hartford, Conn. chose the ASP model. “Our model is one of integration,” says Jess Kupec, president and CEO of the St. Francis physician hospital organization. “One of the key differences is that when doctors opt for our solution, they have only one medical record. That is what makes our solution so unique – it links the community-based physicians with all the hospital-based systems.”

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Do the Opinions of a Non-practicing Physician have Merit?

Do the Opinions of a Non-practicing Physician have Merit?

The worth of an opinion is the worth of the man or woman delivering it.

Given the competitive streak that’s deep in the bone of every physician, it is inevitable that many doctors on the verge of moving away from the clinical arena will wonder if they’ll have an audience any more.

If we’ve spent 20, 30 or 40 years with people eager to hear your point of view, it would take a Zen master ego to calmly walk away, unfettered by thoughts that you might be viewed as over the hill, out of touch or redundant. If you proffer an opinion you may in turn worry about the reaction of colleagues still yielding their stethoscope.

Realistically, your only concern will be with any negatives they might express – such as:
1. Some blend of not practicing/out of touch/chip on shoulder.
2. Not practicing thus free to pontificate.
3. No longer a member of the team; don’t care what he/she thinks.

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