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The topic of this year's competition is:
"What are the biggest challenges you anticipate working in medicine post-qualification?"
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Featured Articles from the IMJ
Rafferty et al describe the use of Teriparatide in a cohort of patents with osteoporosis. Ninety one per cent had a previous fracture. After starting Teriparatide 58% had no further fractures. Among those who had a subsequent fracture, the majority were non-vertebral.
McCarthy et al. report on data that was collected from HIPE from the years 2015-2019 for all Total Hip and Knee Replacements. The data was separated into ‘mixed’ and ‘elective-only’ arthroplasty units and analysed.
O’Keefe et al. report on 292 patients who underwent thyroidectomy. The haematoma rate was 0.68% (1/292). The authors describe the use of Floseal.
Gilligan et al. in a study of 58,323 ED attendances found that those who needed a blood tests spent an additional 6 hours 30 minutes in the department. They found that the need for a plain film caused a 3 hour delay, while an MRI caused delays of over 5 hours.
Bouchard et al. discuss the factors that may lead to superior radiographic efficiency, specifically with regard to mortise ankle X-rays.
Á. Carroll discusses various issues in safeguarding within the HSE, healthcare regulators and governance.
O'Hagan et al. discuss the various pressures on the CAMHS system in Ireland. The authors offer several suggestions to improve delivery of and access to services.