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Emerging antibiotic resistance: Why we need new antibiotics!

In the last century, the development of new classes of antibiotics allowed success in the fight against the emergence of antimicrobial resistance, as antibiotics were developed more quickly than resistance emerged. However, this rapid growth in the development of antibiotics came to an end in the last decade of the last century.



Swiss Medical Weekly: Quo vadis?

The Swiss Medical Weekly has followed the Open Access model since the first OA declarations and initiatives. It was one of the first journals to adhere to the principles of Diamond Open Access. The SMW supporting association (“Trägerverein Swiss Medical Weekly SMW”) now also acts as the journal's publisher. The scientific quality of the articles is the primary commitment of the editorial board. 



Monkeypox, bioethics and the LGBTQI+ community

The ongoing monkeypox outbreak raises many ethical questions: How should monkeypox vaccines be allocated on the global and the national level? To what extent are digital health surveillance and contact tracing ethically permissible, considering that they would require the large-scale collection of data on sexual contacts? How should health communication be conducted to counter the marginalization of the LGBTQI+ community in the context of the monkeypox outbreak?


Systematic review

Entrustable professional activities for residency in general internal medicine: a systematic review

Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) are observable tasks that are regular parts of a physician’s daily clinical work. Before being permitted to accomplish these tasks independently, trainees must gain their supervisors’ trust. Defining the list of EPAs that should be mastered by the end of a residency is critical to setting clear expectations about autonomous practice.


Original article

Characteristics and outcomes of medical emergency team calls in a Swiss tertiary centre – a retrospective observational study

Most MET calls occurred out of hours with peak hours during the evening shift, highlighting the importance of resource allocation during this shift when planning to introduce a MET system in a hospital.


Original article

Age-based medical screening of drivers in Switzerland: an ecological study comparing accident rates with Austria and Germany

The intended positive effect of the Swiss screening policy on accident rates of elderly drivers could not be demonstrated in this study.  


Original article

Emergency medicine in Switzerland: an analysis of physician workforce, gender equality and academics

The number of SSERM members and board-certified emergency physicians, women in particular, remarkably increased in 10 years. Equality appears to be within reach for clinical emergency physicians, but women continue to be underrepresented in academic positions, at scientific conferences and among professors.

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25.09.2022 | Melanie Glaettli, Laura Di Petto, Aurélie Fayet-Mello, Claudia Fila, Simone Kälin, Sandra Kohlmaier, Verena Küppers, Antoine Poncet

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