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It’s officially an epidemic

From Urban Dictionary:

academic bulemia [sic]

The process of learning or memorizing by rote, subsequently followed by the regurgitation of that knowledge onto an exam answer sheet. Just as with the serious eating disorder, this form of bulemia [sic] results in no real retention of substance.

This term is frequently applied to describe a common practice of young medical students.

I can’t remember anything that I learned last night. It’s like I grabbed the answer sheet, puked out all the answers and forgot everything immediately. I’d say that’s academic bulemia [sic].

As of this writing, the “score” for this definition was 6757 up and 833 down, so I’d say it’s pretty well accepted, even if the spelling of “bulimia” is wrong.

Anyone care to guess now why there are so many medical errors in teaching hospitals that don’t have adequate clinical decision support systems? Anyone? Anyone?

January 16, 2009 I Written By

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Looking for info on Charlene Frizzera?

So am I.

The word from CMS is that the agency will not release a bio of Chief Operating Officer Charlene Frizzera until after she becomes acting administrator upon the inauguration of Barack Obama as president. CMS, like most federal agencies, will be closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Tuesday for Inauguration Day, when Washington is effectively on lockdown, meaning that there won’t be any answers available until Wednesday.

The CMS press office referred me to Frizzera’s office in Baltimore, which then transferred me to the Office of the Administrator in Washington. That office then told me to check with the press office on Wednesday.

Even people from within CMS have been finding this site while searching for information on their new, short-term boss. I wish them luck—and a good long weekend.

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I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.