AMNews: May 12, 2008. Oregon still stands alone: Ten years of physician-assisted suicide … American Medical News

AMNews: May 12, 2008. Oregon still stands alone: Ten years of physician-assisted suicide … American Medical News


Through the end of last year, only 340 more Oregonians had chosen physician-assisted suicide. And after a decade, Oregon still stands as the lone state to legalize the practice.

There is no tidal wave of patients moving to Oregon to die, and there is no evidence of a slippery slope toward involuntary euthanasia there, as opponents once feared. At the same time, there is no sign that many states will rush to follow Oregon’s lead on physician-assisted suicide, as supporters still hope.

Though Oregon’s law remains seldom used and unduplicated, its impact on physicians, patients and the movement to improve end-of-life care cannot be overstated.

A well written, balanced article.

For the record I’m for it.  Also for the record, as an EM Physician I’ll never ever be in a position where that opinion matters one whit.

AMNews: May 12, 2008. Harvard offers discount on med school tuition … American Medical News

AMNews: May 12, 2008. Harvard offers discount on med school tuition … American Medical News
In March, Harvard announced that students whose families earn $120,000 or less a year will get up to $12,500 off the annual $65,000 cost of tuition and living expenses. The program will start with the 2008-09 academic year.

Wow.  How long does it take to pay off that debt?  Does anyone know Harvards’ percentage of grads going into primary care?  I think there’s be a correlation…