Tuesday, October 25, 2016
New recommendations for the Medical Student Performance Evaluation are designed to ease the transition to residency and make it easier to evaluate applicants holistically.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
As the election approaches, representatives from medical schools and teaching hospitals have been busy talking with candidates about issues critical to the future of academic medicine.
About a decade ago, Mitchell Lunn, MD, noticed he was receiving little instruction on providing care to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community while a student at Stanford University School of Medicine, even though these patients faced documented disparities in disease burden and access to care. So, he did something about it.
In 2007, Lunn and fellow students approached Stanford faculty about adding more LGBT care topics to the curriculum. In response, faculty asked them to research what other medical schools were doing. Lunn and his classmates began searching, but the literature was slim. So they designed their own study, surveying medical education deans in the United States and Canada.
The results, published in 2011 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found a median of five hours devoted to LGBT care in the medical school curriculum. More than one-third of survey respondents reported zero hours on LGBT care during students’ clinical education.
“I’m gay myself, and I don’t know a single LBGT person who hasn’t had to educate their doctor about their needs,” said Lunn, now an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine and cofounder of Stanford’s LGBT Medical Education Research Group.
Over the last few years, however, medical schools have started to make an earnest effort to incorporate LGBT patient care into their curricula and to help close LGBT health disparities.
“This is patient-centered care,” said Lunn, “but it requires a lot of practice and skill to make sure you’re opening up the doors for those sensitive conversations.”
Thursday, October 27, 2016
University of Arizona Health Sciences introduces Spanish-language to pre-health students and those at the College of Medicine and College of Public Health.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
After eight years of growth in research and clinical applications, the University of Miami has created a Department of Interventional Radiology, demonstrating its leadership in this versatile therapy.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
The Metastatic Breast Cancer Project, run by Harvard and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists, uses big data to evolve treatment.