Perspectives

A Word From the President

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Scaling the mountaintops of academic medicine

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

The AAMC’s president and CEO looks back on how far academic medicine has come — and ahead to its future heights.

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 ptoetcting 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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Viewpoints

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

He studied life-changing traumas. Then he faced his own.

by Dennis S Charney, MD

After a near-fatal attack, a medical school dean found his own resiliency. Here’s how he did it — and the wisdom he offers others.

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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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The numbers can seem overwhelming. 

Each year in the United States, 90,000 people die from hospital-acquired infections, according to a 2018 report from The Leapfrog Group. More than 17,000 malpractice lawsuits are filed annually, and doctors can expect to be sued once every seven years. Estimates of pharmaceutical spending in the United States ranged from $323 billion to as much as $477 billion in 2016, a 2018 analysis from Health Affairs found.

The problems are large, but small measures can have big impacts, whether it’s tweaking electronic health records (EHRs) to increase generic drug use or apologizing to patients for medical errors. Here are five ways that academic medical centers are improving patient care, saving lives, and reducing costs.

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Residents train in rural areas, thanks to new partnership

To combat the shortage of physicians in rural areas, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has partnered with Cahaba Medical Care, a family medicine group with clinics in counties across Alabama, to provide rural communities with more physicians. Each year, 12 residents will split their time between Cahaba’s clinics and UAB’s hospitals.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New app summarizing landmark medical studies launches

Michael Hockman, MD, director of the Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, created an app that summarizes landmark medical studies in a variety of disciplines. Called “50 Studies,” the app will help residents, physicians, and other health care professionals quickly familiarize themselves with key studies, staying on top of the latest findings in their fields.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New finding suggests ‘HIV remission’ is possible

Researchers at John Hopkins University School of Medicine have identified two patients with a natural ability to suppress HIV. While based on small numbers, the data suggest that long-term viral remission might be possible for more people.

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