A Word From the President

Friday, February 10, 2017

Executive Order on Immigration Threatens Our Nation's Health Security

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

When the White House issued its Jan. 27 executive order barring foreign nationals from seven countries from entering the United States, I found myself thinking about my experience as a physician-researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Joining the NIH shortly after I finished my residency, I worked alongside brilliant physicians from countries such as Romania and Poland, which were then under communist rule, as well as Syria and other nations now in the news. The experience opened my eyes to the practical advantages of bringing together people with unique worldviews and experiences in health research. For decades, our nation’s openness to scientific collaboration has brought top physicians and scientists from around the world to the United States, which in turn has positioned the United States as a global leader in medical research, strengthened our economy, and bolstered public health.

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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.