Perspectives

A Word From the President

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Principles That Guide Academic Medicine

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

With the inauguration of our new president and the convening of the 115th Congress, we have entered a new era of uncertainty in health care. As expected, one of the first actions by the new Congress was taking steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), though when and how the law will be replaced is unclear. Much remains to be seen about how this new direction will affect academic medicine and U.S. health care writ large. But as the leading voice for America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals, the AAMC will continue to interact with our nation’s elected officials on this issue, as well as the wide range of policy issues that affect our missions of research, education, health care, and community engagement.

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Viewpoint

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The World of Medicine My Physician Daughters Will Inherit

By B. Vindell Washington, MD, MHCM, Former National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

As health IT continues to guide health delivery innovations, we must ensure we also lay the groundwork for more person-centered care.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How Undergraduate Programs Can Boost Minority Success in Medical School

By Freeman A. Hrabowski III, PhD, and Peter H. Henderson, PhD

The Meyerhoff Scholars Program keeps minority students in STEM disciplines by shifting the emphasis from “weeding out” to supporting student success.

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When Jessica Porcelan started her clerkship year at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), she found the daily routine challenging.

The college’s months-long longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) curriculum meant she was switching gears from internal medicine to pediatrics or from psychiatry to family medicine in a single day. But after a few weeks of acclimation, the benefits of following the same patients over a longer period of time were clear, she said.

“I think it really helped my ability to be adaptive no matter what situation I’m walking into,” said Porcelan, now a fourth-year medical student at the Scranton, Pa., college. “And the LIC really sets you up to be a patient-centered physician. It allowed me to develop more meaningful relationships with patients and develop a better understanding of continuity of care.”

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Treating People, Not Ailments

Temple University Hospital provides humanities education to medical students, with the goal of humanizing patient care.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Soft Robot Helps the Heart Beat

Researchers at Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a customizable soft robot that fits around the heart and helps it beat, potentially offering new treatment options for heart failure patients. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Interprofessional Course Aims to Improve Care of Military Members, Vets

A new class for medical and nursing students at UMass Medical School focuses on the unique health care needs of Americans who have served their country.

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