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Medigram: February 21, 2013

Top Story

State’s biennial budget introduced; analysis begins
Gov. Scott Walker introduced his 2013-2015 biennial budget proposal Wednesday night in a joint appearance before the state Legislature. The budget proposal contains a variety of issues related to medicine, workforce and other areas affecting physicians and their practices. Read more.

News Briefs

Medical Examining Board modifies
post-graduate requirement proposal

Following a month’s worth of reaction to its proposal requiring license applicants to complete three years of post-graduate education before qualifying for an unrestricted medical license, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) this week modified its proposal to require two years of post-graduate education. Current law requires 12 months of post-graduate education before an applicant is eligible for a Wisconsin license. Read more.

Members offer comments on resolutions
through Virtual Reference Committees

Wisconsin Medical Society members already have submitted comments via the new Virtual Reference Committees on three of the 26 resolutions that will be discussed at the Society’s Annual Meeting in April. The Virtual Reference Committees, which allow members to view and submit comments on resolutions in advance of the Annual Meeting, stem from a commitment by Speaker Charles Rainey, MD, JD, to facilitate increased participation in the Society’s policy-making process and allow members who cannot attend the Annual Meeting to submit their views on resolutions. Read more.

Register today for Caucus meetings
Caucus meetings for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s eight districts begin March 11. Society members who plan to attend are asked to register at least one week before the meeting to allow adequate time for making dinner plans. Read more.

CME offered for Wednesday’s webinar about EHRs in primary care
Wisconsin Medical Society member John Beasley, MD, will highlight some of the cognitive demands and workflow complexities often found in primary care practice during the webinar From Meaningful Use to Rational Use: The EHR in Primary Care on Wednesday, February 27. He will discuss how EHRs have affected workloads and patient outcomes and explore strategies that health care organizations, physicians and other health care professionals can use to maximize efficiency, patient safety and patient outcomes. Read more.

Family physicians can earn MOC-IV credit by
improving breast cancer screening skills

The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Breast Cancer Screening Improvement Initiative has made great strides toward achieving one of its goals – to increase awareness about current screening process. Now, the American Board of Family Medicine has approved the practical, team-based performance improvement (PI) activity for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for Family Physicians Part IV credit. Read more.


Treffert part of Popular Science article exploring acquired savant
The March issue of Popular Science carries an extensive piece on the acquired savant: When Brain Damage Locks the Genius Within. Past Society President Darold Treffert, MD, a world-recognized expert on savant syndrome is quoted in the article, which focuses on Derek Amato and other acquired savants, as well as the science behind them. Read more.