Perspectives

President's Column

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Word From the President: Philanthropy Bonds Institutions and Communities

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

This fall, I was honored to attend the opening of a new interprofessional medical education building at one of our member institutions. The new building featured a design that reflected the effort to build a community among health professionals, including physicians, athletic trainers, scientists, physician assistants, and physical and occupational therapists. But what impressed me most was the way that the community being fostered within the building mirrored the supportive community outside its walls, which came together to make the building a reality. The project was made possible not only through support of the state government, but through partnership with the local community and with many generous donors from across the state.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How Undergraduate Programs Can Boost Minority Success in Medical School

By Freeman A. Hrabowski III, PhD, and Peter H. Henderson, PhD

The Meyerhoff Scholars Program keeps minority students in STEM disciplines by shifting the emphasis from “weeding out” to supporting student success.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Why Health Equity Matters in an Era of Health Care Transformation

By Daniel E. Dawes, JD, Executive Director of Government Relations, Policy, and External Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine and author of 150 Years of ObamaCare

For more than 150 years, advocates have been waging campaigns for health equity in this country.

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At Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System, incoming interns begin their next phase of medical training with an orientation known as Walk the Walk, a two-day boot camp where they learn about their new responsibilities by working in interdisciplinary teams before hitting the hospital floor. For the past two years, Walk the Walk organizers have focused on one topic in particular: patient handoffs.

“Every incoming practitioner needs to be introduced to and trained in handoffs,” said Ryan Vega, MD, liaison for house staff quality and safety initiatives at VCU Health.

According to research cited by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, about 4,000 patient handoffs occur each day in a typical teaching hospital, places that take care of complex patients. This means that even if the great majority are done correctly, care must always be taken to avoid errors. Indeed, research has found that communication errors are a leading cause of adverse medical events.

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Students Fight Burnout by Encouraging Next Generation of Doctors

Three Medical College of Wisconsin medical students are working to help combat the fatigue physicians feel throughout their careers, beginning with the next generation of doctors.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Scientists Replace Piece of Gene Mutated in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University use CRISPR/Cas9 to remove and replace a defective gene that results in progressively weaker muscles and death in Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Program Aims to Increase Number of Indigenous Doctors

The Aboriginal Admissions MD Program at the University of British Columbia is designed to address the underrepresentation of First Nations people in the medical profession and improve health outcomes for indigenous people.

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