Perspectives

A Word From the President

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

High quality, affordable health care is the right of every American

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

As the number of uninsured Americans rises, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, urges policymakers to push forward.

Addressing racism and mistreatment in academic medicine

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

Leaders in academic medicine must confront racism and inequity and work together to create a culture that exemplifies our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

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Viewpoints

Friday, April 12, 2019

Race in admissions in the wake of the Texas Tech resolution

by Art Coleman, JD, and Jamie Lewis Keith, JD

Medical schools may continue to pursue the all-important goals of diversity and inclusion while following the principles of law.

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019

“What’s wrong with me? I don’t belong here.”

by Will Bynum, MD

Almost 30% of new doctors are consumed by a secret worry that they are fakes and failures. How one doctor broke the silence around his own feelings of inadequacy and shame — and is now helping others understand imposter syndrome.

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Emergency physician Alison Sheets, MD, knew how treacherous climbing the sheer rock walls in Eldorado Canyon, near Boulder, Colorado, could be. An experienced technical climber and guide, she had climbed most of them herself. So when a message came in on her pager late on a sunny afternoon in October 2014 — “climber with head injuries” — Sheets, who is the medical director for the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, grabbed her rescue gear and rushed out. 

After hiking the steep, rugged 30-minute approach — and joined along the way by other rescuers responding to the call — she spotted the injured climber on the rock face. He’d fallen 60 feet, stopped by a small juniper tree growing out of the rock about 30 feet from the ground. His legs were straddling the tree, his face against the rock, and he wasn’t moving. A fellow climber, on the wall with him, had wrapped a T-shirt around his bleeding head.

Sheets climbed up to join them. The fallen climber’s head was gashed and his legs and feet had sustained serious injuries. But what alarmed her most was when he said, “I’m weak, can’t push myself up.” She asked him to squeeze her fingers. “Here was a guy who had just made a very difficult climb, and he barely had any strength in his hands,” she remembers. That suggested that he had central cord syndrome, a compression injury to the upper spinal cord that makes any movement potentially very dangerous. 

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Fighting the opioid epidemic with data

A collaborative project in Connecticut, designed to track and analyze crucial data about local opioid overdoses, will allow health officials and care providers to alert the public to overdose spikes and practice targeted and effective prevention techniques. The program is a partnership between the Connecticut Poison Control Center, the UConn John Dempsey Hospital, and the state’s Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services, and it has expanded to include 37 towns statewide.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hockey FIT program shows improvements for men’s health

An innovative program based at the Western University Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry helps motivate Canadian men to live healthier lifestyles using their passion for hockey. Early results show that the eighty men who participated in the first twelve weeks were ten times more likely to lose weight and maintain the weight loss than men who were not in the program.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Medical campus students perform Shrek the Musical

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis medical students, along with other health professions students at the university, produced and performed Shrek the Musical in the school’s 14th annual musical theater production. The unique production allows students the opportunity to exercise their creativity while establishing friendships across the health professions spectrum.

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