From Journal Watch today. I applaud the ABIM for raising awareness on the need for more discernment in all medical tests and procedures. We are too wasteful!
"The American Board of Internal Medicine, in partnership with nine medical specialty groups, is urging physicians to perform 45 common tests and procedures less frequently, the New York Times reports.
The Times notes that unnecessary treatment accounts for an estimated one third of medical spending in the U.S.
The initiative, called Choosing Wisely, is aimed at both physicians and patients. Among the tests and treatments being cited:
Routine EKGs during physicals
MRIs for back pain
Antibiotics for mild sinusitis
Routine stress cardiac imaging in asymptomatic patients
Imaging scans for simple headaches"
Dr. Maltz earned a Medical Degree and Master in Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX. She completed a combined Internal and Preventive Medicine Residency at UTMB in June, 2011. She then completed a 2-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT, during which she simultaneously underwent an intensive 1000-hour curriculum created by The University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Program founded by Dr. Andrew Weil.