eNews August 25, 2020

The latest news affecting you and your customers… from the Independent Medical Specialty Dealers Association

How is COVID-19 affecting your business, your people, your customers? IMDA is a membership organization, and in times like these, we can all use some camaraderie. If you have a COVID story to share, advice to offer, or a warning to sound, send it to Mark Thill, IMDA’s communications director, at mdthill1913@gmail.com, with the subject line “IMDA COVID story.” We’ll compile them and send them back out to you.

Medical residents say they’re worth more

About six in 10 medical residents say they are not paid enough, with more than one-third saying they should be paid between 26% and 50% more, according to a Medscape resident salary and debt survey, reports Fierce Healthcare. The average resident salary continues to trend upward, according to Medscape’s surveys from the past six years. The average resident salary is $63,400, up about 3% from the average salary of $61,200 last year. But nearly half of all residents (47%) have medical school debt totaling more than $200,000, according to the survey, which was based on responses from more than 1,600 medical residents from April 3 to June 1, 2020. Eighty-one percent of medical residents say their compensation doesn’t reflect the number of hours worked and 77% report that their compensation is not comparable to that of other medical staff, such as physician assistants and nurses. About one in five residents work 70 hours per week or more, and 62% of first-year residents work 60+ hours per week, the survey found.

The short list

The FDA issued a public list of the devices the agency has determined to be in short supply, as well as those for which the FDA has been notified that manufacturing has been permanently discontinued. (FDA’s determination of whether to include a device category on the shortage list did not take into account supplies accrued in the Strategic National Stockpile.) Categories of devices in the shortage list are 1) personal protective equipment, 2) testing supplies and equipment, and 3) ventilation-related products. The list will be maintained and updated as the COVID-19 public health emergency evolves.

Materials managers to convene virtually

This year’s AHRMM20 conference for supply chain professionals will be held virtually between Sept. 22 and Oct. 8. There will be keynotes, breakout sessions, a virtual exhibit hall, networking in online lounges and learning pavilion sessions. Educational sessions include: “How COVID-19 is transforming the supply chain professional”; “How to design your supply chain to support clinicians for the upcoming respiratory season”; and “Examining the increase in product disruptions and exploring best practices to prevent future occurrences.”