A Word From the President

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Creating Learning Environments That Promote Physician Resilience

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

When I was a medical student and resident, the culture of academic medicine was hierarchical and individualistic. This culture made it difficult to acknowledge and understand the problems that were leading to stress and burnout among learners, educators, and practicing physicians and scientists. It saddens me to think about how we tolerated corrosive and disrespectful interactions, assuming they were natural for a profession  that is stressful and an educational process that is rigorous. Too often, the line between demanding excellence and demeaning individuals was crossed, and no one said a word.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Raising the Bar: Helping Faculty Advance Learning with MedEdPORTAL

By Grace Huang, MD, Hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Editor in Chief of MedEdPORTAL®

With its focus on high-quality, peer-reviewed curricula, MedEdPORTAL® can support educators training the next generation of physicians and other health professionals.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Global Health Electives Provide Lessons in Patient Advocacy, Health Equity, Humility

By Majid Sadigh, MD, and Mitra Sadigh

For many medical students, training in a resource-limited setting is their first exposure to the way most of the world lives, where nylon gloves are used in place of catheters, where the number of radiation machines in a nation can be counted on one hand, where a bed shortage might mean patients sleep on the floor.

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For Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, the power of continuing medical education (CME) is transformative. But he believes far too few health care leaders have truly embraced its potential for addressing today’s top health care priorities.

“There can be an anachronistic perception of CME as dark rooms and lectures or an outdated view of rubber-stamping applications for credit,” said McMahon, president and CEO of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). “But as I travel around the country, I’m seeing more and more examples of leaders who see the value of education as a driving force to support the change we all know is needed.”

According to McMahon, CME and continuing professional development (CPD) can be effective in advancing two overriding health care challenges: patient safety and quality improvement. In an Academic Medicine  commentary, published online in February 2017, McMahon argued that accredited CME and CPD are evolving, moving from the classroom to the clinic where physicians and other health providers are increasingly leveraging CME opportunities to effect institutional change. And health care leaders who join that evolution, McMahon writes, “can expect a meaningful return—not only in terms of the quality and safety of their clinicians’ work but also in the spirit and cohesiveness of the clinicians who work in their institution.”

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tweet, Yelp, Heal

An innovative Penn Medicine team believes tracking patients' digital footprints on social media could transform the future of personalized medicine.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

When Disaster Strikes

Disaster Day at Texas A&M University brings together students from the university’s College of Nursing, College of Medicine, School of Public Health, Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences with hundreds of community volunteers to simulate a catastrophic event resulting in multiple injuries of varying severity.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Using Digital Media Storytelling to Inspire American Indian Youth

Erik Brodt, MD, is working through "We Are Healers" to increase images of American Indians in professional and policy making fields through storytelling and digital media. He's also part of a national effort to bring more American Indian kids into the health professions.