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Docs share experiences with students

Doctors’ Day is March 30. The day was established to recognize physicians, their work, and their contributions to society and the community.

As in past years, MSSC is coordinating short physician-speaking engagements at local schools during that week. Doctors will share their experiences and love of medicine with students. This year, physicians are lined up to speak to 11 classes in six different area high schools, both public and private.

“Some physicians will talk about their journey in medical school and getting through residency; some will talk about their specialty,” said Phillip Brownlee, MSSC executive director. “It’s an opportunity to encourage young people to enter medicine and for physicians to share pride in their profession.”

Kansas Healthcare Ethics Conference

The 6th annual Kansas Healthcare Ethics Conference will take place on March 27 at the WSU Hughes Metroplex ñ Room 180. The theme revolves around “Conversations in Ethics: Diverse, Difficult, Rewarding.” The conference cost is $80 if registration is postmarked on or before March 15, and $90 if after that date. Lunch is provided.

The Medical Society of Sedgwick County is accredited by the Kansas Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MSSC designated this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Wichita Medical Research & Education Foundation has a limited number of student scholarships available. Please call (316) 686-7172 for scholarship information.

More information and registration is available online at

George J. Farha Medical Library offers medical information resource

The George J. Farha Medical Library at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita is offering on-site access to UpToDate, an online medical information resource, thanks to the generous support of the Earl L. Mills Educational Trust.

UpToDate provides information and answers to patient care, diagnosis, and treatment questions at point of care.

The information is written by a recognized faculty of experts who synthesize the best available medical evidence with best practices to provide practical recommendations that clinicians can trust.

For more information, call the Farha Medical Library at (316) 293-2629.

Odds of dying accidentally from an opioid overdose now beat car crashes

The National Safety Council is reporting that for the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash.

The odds of dying accidentally from an opioid overdose have risen to one in 96, eclipsing the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash (one in 103), according to the council’s “Injury Facts” analysis – a resource for data around unintentional, preventable injuries, commonly known as accidents released last month.

Though the nation’s opioid problem is worsening with an influx of illicit fentanyl, the overdose crisis has been less severe in Kansas than many other states. A recent study by United Health Foundation ranked Kansas as having the seventh lowest rate of drug death per capita. The NSC analysis also shows that falls – the third leading cause of preventable death behind drug overdose and motor vehicle crashes – are more likely to kill someone than ever before. The lifetime odds of dying from an accidental fall are one in 114 – a change from one in 119 just a year ago.