Letter from the editors:
It’s July in Arizona, which means it is a great time to stay inside and read the latest edition of “The Arizona Pulse.” In this edition, we focus on medical education. Medical education is one of the crucial drivers of innovation and strategies to improve healthcare outcomes in Arizona. As the new academic year unfolds and interns, clerks, and first-year medical students embark on their new roles, we explore topics across the medical education spectrum, from medical school to CME. This edition highlights what a current resident wishes he had known going into residency, tips from a medical student on the Match process, what is feedback and how to give it effectively, and osteopathic education in Arizona. Additionally, we include two additional informative articles related to our most popular article in the prior edition on opiate prescribing in Arizona: a scientific look at Tramadol and ArMA’s advocacy efforts regarding prior authorization. We dive into the debate around Maintenance of Certification and give you the opportunity to share your views and how ArMA can best support your MOC efforts.
In the spirit of embracing medical education, we sincerely hope you find something of interest and learn something new. We would love your feedback on the issue, and if you have a chance please take a minute to fill out our survey on your views and experience with MOC.
Katy Coan and Sarah Coles