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Three quarters of female physicians delay having families; Some hospitals welcome RV living; Organ transplant overhaul bill- Morning Medical Update

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Three quarters of female physicians delay having families

A new JAMA study reports that on average female physicians give birth to their first child at age 32 whereas non-physician women give birth at 27. Almost half of female physicians with children also pass up opportunities for career advancement and end up working less hours. In addition, almost half of the top ranked medical schools in the United States do not provide paid parental leave since it is not federally mandated in the US.

Some hospitals welcome RV living

The Oregon Health & Science University Hospital is one of a few hospitals that offer full RV hookup and parking. The average stay is 7 days, and the limit is 30 days at a time. The spots are popular for rural patients who must travel long distances to and from procedures. Doctors and nurses have also found comfort in using the spaces between long shifts to avoid an intense commute.

Organ transplant overhaul bill

A proposed bill would ‘give the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to expand competition for contracts related to the operation of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network’, according to a news release. The United Network for Organ Sharing is a private company that has run all donations since 1984. An estimated 17 people a day die waiting for an organ.

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