Filling the primary care pool more quickly

The number of graduates from colleges of osteopathic medicine is expected to top 5,300 in 2015, which would be 6 percent greater than the total for 2014 and almost double the total for 2006. The preliminary data came from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, which last month released its physician resident match day results. AACOM officials say the growth in graduation rates will help the country deal with a primary care physician shortage, with about 60 percent of osteopathic medical school grads going into primary care.

Stretching, meditation and music may lower employee stress

Workplace interventions such as gentle stretching, yoga, meditation and music may reduce stress and burnout among participating employees, according to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The authors of the research, who hail from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, sought to measure employee reaction to stress with and without the interventions, recognizing that stress will always be a factor. The authors found that the intervention group was less stressed.

Breathing easy in a crisis

A toolkit aimed at health care employers that seek to protect employees from respiratory hazards was released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Called the “Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit,” the guide covers respirator use, guidance on respirator use during exposure to infectious diseases, hazard assessment and the development of a hospital respiratory protection program, according to an OSHA news release. Respirators are used to protect against exposure to airborne transmissible infectious diseases as well as chemicals and certain drugs that may be used in health care settings. As part of the release, the Joint Commission produced an educational monograph on the subject called “Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: Strategies from the Field.”