A Word From the President

Friday, October 12, 2018

Spiraling drug costs and threats to the 340B program hurt patients

by Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO

Addressing high prescription drug costs and protecting the 340B Drug Pricing Program are critical to improving the health of patients and communities, says AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD.

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What Americans think about medical schools and teaching hospitals

by Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO
AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, reveals the results of the latest AAMC public opinion research report. The good news: They like us. They really like us.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bullying’s brutal impact

by Joseph Wright, MD, MPH

Physical pain, depression, anxiety, even suicide: the effects of bullying are profound. How academic medicine can — and must — help those who suffer.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Making the case for parental leave during residency

by Laura Forese, MD, MPH

As the numbers of women entering medicine grow, we must do a better job of ensuring new parents have time to bond with their babies.

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Kyle Freischlag, a fourth-year medical student at Duke University Medical School, was on rounds when he walked into the hospital room of an elderly man recovering from surgery. The man was unconscious and having trouble breathing. Freischlag saw that the patient had just resumed taking his regular medications, which included oxycontin for chronic pain. “He was on a fairly high dose and that was stacked on what he received in the OR,” Freischlag says.

Fortunately, Freischlag had recently participated in a simulation involving a medical manikin in the throes of an opioid overdose and realized what was happening. He grabbed a nurse, called the attending physician, and within minutes the patient was resuscitated with naloxone. “It clicked because of that simulation,” he says. “In that moment I was able to recognize the problem and know what to do.”   

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Residents create education campaign for patients

To decrease the number of women who do not show up for their annual pap-smear or the follow-up visit after abnormal results, three OB/GYN residents at Duke Health have designed an easy-to-read informational flyer, in both English and Spanish, to educate patients about what to expect at each visit. The flyers will be mailed to each patient with their routine reminder letter in advance of their appointments.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Course teaches trainees how to provide care in developing countries

Indi Trehan, MD, professor of medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, led a two-week global health seminar for medical students, residents, and fellows to prepare them for clinical rotations and careers in developing countries. During the course, trainees practiced diagnosing and treating simulated patients and visited community organizations in St. Louis that help immigrants and refugees.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Medical students confront health disparities through interactive course

A simulation facilitated by the Capital Area Food Bank gave first-year medical students at Georgetown University School of Medicine an opportunity to experience the varied circumstances surrounding food insecurity in Washington, D.C. In the hands-on simulation, each student was assigned a budget, a family to feed for an entire day, and “stations” to visit, like the SNAP benefits office or a corner store.