Female docs earn about 29% less than men; 3 in 10 surgical residents need remediation;

> Boston's Tufts Medical Center, Nashville-based Vanguard Health Systems and a physician network in Massachusetts are working to create a new health system, Tufts announced yesterday. The organizations are looking into offering enhanced chronic care and population health management, streamlined administrative services for physicians and hospitals, and new insurance products through the joint venture. Announcement

> Pay for female doctors lags behind their male colleagues by 28.6 percent, and for no apparent reason, U.K. researchers at the Office of National Statistics concluded in an article published by the BMJ Group. Article

> Obesity-related diseases could increase costs by $48 billion to $66 billion each year if state obesity rates continue at this rate until 2030, according to a report released today by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Report

> Three in 10 surgical residents need remediation, according to a study in the Archives of Surgery that looked at 348 general surgery residents at six California medical schools. The study found 31 percent required additional studies or attendance at conferences or had to repeat a clinical year. Abstract

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