Perspectives

A Word From the President

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Scaling the mountaintops of academic medicine

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

The AAMC’s president and CEO looks back on how far academic medicine has come — and ahead to its future heights.

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 ptoetcting 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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Viewpoints

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Global health collaboration yields educational benefit

The Global Health Scholars program at Penn State College of Medicine allows medical students to volunteer in an international health system for one month in both their first and fourth years of medical school. Students in the program conduct service learning projects while abroad, such as collecting donated items for the international partners. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Cancer researchers find new treatment to alleviate anemia

Researchers at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center have developed an alternative therapeutic strategy to treat anemia during chemotherapy for patients who are resistant to EPO, the current primary treatment. The researchers concluded that inhibiting an enzyme known as p38 MAP Kinase could be an effective treatment for patients with anemia who are EPO resistant.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Disaster training prepares Oklahoma National Guard for state and local emergencies

Staff at Oklahoma University Medicine and the Oklahoma Army National Guard joined forces for disaster preparedness training. During the exercise, soldiers and volunteers acted as patients needing medical care in various states of injury following a series of mock catastrophes such as motor vehicle collisions, flooding, and ice emergencies.

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