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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

We all make diagnostic errors

by Dan Mayer, MD

Recognizing how your brain works — and better understanding the situations when you’re likely to slip up — can help you make fewer mistakes.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Making care safer for sick kids at home

by Amy Louise Billett, MD

Every day, millions of parents measure medications, assess symptoms, or even care for central lines for their sick or disabled children at home. A safety expert argues that hospitals can — and must — prepare them better.

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Friday, August 09, 2019

It’s time to get serious about resident wellness

by Srijan Sen, MD, PhD

It’s not enough to offer meditation and teach yoga. Institutions need systemic changes to protect the well-being of trainees, argues a researcher who has studied thousands of residents.

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

It’s time to end gun violence

by David J. Skorton, MD

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, calls on academic medicine to be a voice against the hatred that fuels mass shootings, and to work toward solutions to prevent firearm-related tragedies.

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R2-D2. The Jetson’s Rosie. WALL-E, Baymax from Big Hero 6, and the Transformers — all these live only in various imaginary worlds. But stepping — or rolling — out of science fiction and into hospitals each day are thousands of real robots capable of performing varied bits of high-tech magic. 

Setting aside surgical robots — a growing and sometimes hotly debated field — robots in hospitals tackle a broad range of tasks. They help guide rehabilitation exercises, shoot UV rays to disinfect rooms, and chug along hallways delivering everything from linens to lunches. Sometimes, they even offer patients much-needed emotional support. 

“There’s a whole variety of things robots can do,” says Anil Kishore, MS, associate director of pharmacy at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where robots deliver nearly 80,000 medications to care providers each year. “The goal is the harnessing of technology for safe patient care. We want to free up humans to do more substantial tasks. This is about figuring out how to use technology to your best advantage.”

Indeed, when it comes to certain jobs, robots are faster, stronger, cheaper, and less prone to error than their human counterparts, say experts. And they can plod along with an unparalleled single-mindedness.

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Academic Medicine in the News

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Getting men to the doctor with “Man Cave Health”

Men are less likely than women to get an annual physical and more likely to work or play through pain or injury. To address this issue and to spread awareness about prostate cancer, the department of urology at Mount Sinai Health System has partnered with a nonprofit organization called Man Cave Health to create a sports-themed doctor’s office that houses multiple specialists along with educational resources on prostate health.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Med student gets closer to home by serving local community

Mario Castellanos, a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), grew up in the second-largest city in Honduras, and has found similarities between that community and the Hispanic community in east Milwaukee. Working with the MCW chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association, Mario has engaged young local students in science and medicine, among other efforts.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Making academia more inclusive through drag

Through the “Science is a Drag” drag show, researchers at McMaster University in Toronto, Canada, work to create science-centric events and spaces that are inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. At the event, scientists perform in drag and then provide jargon-free descriptions of their research.

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