Perspectives

A Word From the President

Friday, October 12, 2018

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 protecting 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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What Americans think about medical schools and teaching hospitals

by Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO
AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, reveals the results of the latest AAMC public opinion research report. The good news: They like us. They really like us.

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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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Medical students honor donors

First-year medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine gathered to honor the 35 individuals who, through the donation of their bodies after death, provided the first lessons of the students’ medical education. Student speakers reflected on the magnitude of the gift in shaping their future careers and the class presented original artwork to hang outside the lab.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pediatric literacy program celebrates 20 year milestone

Over the last 20 years, Reach Out and Read of Northwest Ohio — a grant-funded program of the University of Toledo Department of Pediatrics — has provided more than 258,000 books to children across the region when they visit the doctor. The simple gesture makes the visit friendlier for the patient and provides the doctor with an opportunity to monitor the child’s development.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Students help hospital patients vote

Joseph Lalli, third-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, came up with an idea to help hospitalized patients who were interested in voting in the most recent election. Lalli and other student volunteers helped 20 patients with the absentee ballot process.

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