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United States internet searches for “infertility” following COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Nicholas B. Sajjadi, BS; William Nowlin, BS; Ross Nowlin, BS; David Wenger, BS; John Martin Beal, DO; Matt Vassar, PhD; and Micah Hartwell, PhD
Following a December 2020 petition to withhold emergency use authorization of the BNT162b2 messenger ribonucleic acid vaccine for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) manufactured by BioNTech and Pfizer, misinformation claiming that COVID-19 vaccines cause female infertility began circulating on social media. The authors evaluated Google Trends data to quantify the potential influence that misinformation may have had on public perception and medical decision-making among pregnant patients or those seeking to become pregnant.
Musculoskeletal Medicine and Pain

Evidence based management of sports related concussion

Brent Pickett, DO; Jeffrey R. Bytomski, DO; and Ross D. Zafonte, DO
In this brief Commentary, the authors write an update on research published previously in the Journal, giving a summary of the current recommendations for nuanced diagnosis and management of sports related concussion.
Medical Education

Meaningful use of COMSAE Phase 1 in preparation for COMLEX-USA Level 1

Xiaolin Wang, PhD; Hotaka Maeda, PhD; Brandon Craig, PhD; Tsung-Hsun Tsai, PhD; Jeanne M. Sandella, DO; and Marie Fleury, DO, MBA
To investigate how the COMSAE Phase 1 examination was used by candidates and how completing Phase 1 impacted their performance on the COMLEX-USA Level 1 examination, the authors assessed Level 1 data from 7,120 first time candidates who took the 2018-2019 COMSAE administration between May 2018 and April 2019, counting the frequency of the unique Phase 1 forms taken by the candidates and calculating the correlations between first attempt Phase 1 scores and the number of Phase 1 forms taken as well as Level 1 scores and Phase 1 scores.

JOM Employs Double Blind Peer Review

JOM now utilizes double blind peer review for all manuscript submissions, so that authors and reviewers remain anonymous to one another. This method can reduce bias, and we undertook the change to demonstrate our commitment to the most thorough, fair, equitable, impartial, and timely iteration of peer review possible. Look for our upcoming Editorial in the May issue of JOM to learn more about our entire peer review process!

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine launches inaugural issues

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (JOM) – known for 119 years as the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association – published its inaugural issue in January 2021. Learn how the osteopathic medical profession’s journal of record has been refreshed and refocused by reading the introductory Editorial from Dr. Ross Zafonte, JOM’s Editor in Chief; a Q&A with Melissa Schmidt, JOM’s Director; and an announcement from AOA President Dr. Thomas Ely and CEO Dr. Kevin Klauer.