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Opinion: Colorado’s medical residencies are less welcoming to international graduates than the rest of the U.S.

Recently, tens of thousands of medical school graduates got career-defining, life-altering news. Every March on “Match Day,” medical school graduates learn about their U.S. residency placements, in-depth postgraduate training programs, where they’ll hone clinical skills and focus on a medical specialty. It’s a celebratory time for many, but for others, including me, it’s a heartbreaking […]

Posted inHealth, News

Doctors are uneasy as Colorado collects providers’ diversity data

By Markian Hawryluk, Kaiser Health News Shaunti Meyer, a certified nurse-midwife and medical director at STRIDE Community Health Center in Colorado, doesn’t usually disclose her sexual orientation to patients. But at times it feels appropriate. After telling a transgender patient that she is a lesbian, Meyer learned the woman had recently taken four other trans […]

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Effort to loosen regulations on Colorado physician assistants fails after opposition from well-funded medical groups 

Heavy lobbying from well-funded medical groups hastened the dramatic defeat this month of a bipartisan bill that would have eased regulations on physician assistants in Colorado, proponents of the legislation say.  House Bill 1095 would have let physician assistants practice with less oversight from doctors, which the bill’s sponsors said would help increase access to […]

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Colorado’s program to stop patients from “doctor shopping” for opioids hasn’t been working, audit finds

A Colorado program that allows doctors, dentists, pharmacists and others to check a database before issuing prescriptions for certain drugs hasn’t stopped so-called “doctor shopping” for opioids and sedatives and requires legislation to compel prescribers to register with the database and to use it. That’s according to the Office of the State Auditor, which examined Colorado’s Prescription […]

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Park County’s only primary care doctor retired 8 years ago. A replacement still hasn’t been found.

By Dan Boyce, Colorado Public Radio Dr. Katherine Fitting was darting from room to room in the small South Park Health Care facility in Fairplay, giving out doses of the Moderna COVID-19 shot during a recent vaccination drive. This rural area, surrounded by mountain passes difficult to traverse, does not have the facilities to store […]

Posted inCOVID, Education, News

Colorado pediatricians, educators to Gov. Jared Polis: Act now to protect in-person school

Colorado’s pediatricians and educators are urging Gov. Jared Polis to take stronger action to slow the spread of the coronavirus in order to preserve the possibility of students attending school in person. “As community spread increases, in-person school will be less and less feasible if concerted efforts are not made to prioritize classrooms across our […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health, News, Politics and Government

Doctors are overwhelmed by coronavirus. So why did Colorado officials just end a 30-year contract with a peer health program?

For more than 30 years, one agency has monitored Colorado physicians struggling with depression, alcohol or drug abuse, physical conditions and behavior problems — doctors seeking help so they can continue to see patients.  The Colorado Physician Health Program, which formed in 1986, has evaluated more than 5,600 doctors for problems ranging from overwhelming sadness […]

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Colorado anesthesiologists want paramedics to stop injecting people with ketamine during arrests

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America A group of Colorado anesthesiologists wants paramedics to stop injecting people with a powerful sedative when police believe suspects are out of control until officials finish a review launched nearly a year after the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man put in a stranglehold by officers […]