A Word From the President

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Supporting Medical Students and Residents With DACA Status

by Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO
DACA recipients face an uncertain future. Academic medicine must ensure that the doors to medical schools and teaching hospitals remain open for these students and residents. 

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When Physicians Become Patients

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

Physician burnout is on the rise. Learn how medical organizations are addressing the vital issue of clinician mental health and well-being.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

NIH Funding Is Vital to Our Nation’s Health and Prosperity

by E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and Paul B. Rothman, MD

The deans of the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University schools of medicine examine how funding the National Institutes of Health helps save lives, support our economy, and more.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Medical Faculty Need to Foster Resilience in Students (and in Themselves)

by Mona M. Abaza, MD, residency program director for the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

“Do as I say, not as I do,” won't solve the problem. Faculty members in academic medicine must model and support self-care for students.

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Medical schools certainly need microscopes, anatomy books, and cadaver labs. But some experts believe they also need moveable walls, chairs that swivel, and sunny gathering spots.

As medical schools plan new facilities or renovate old ones, they are considering the many ways brick-and-mortar structures can promote pedagogical excellence. Using cutting-edge architecture and technological best practices, they are creating physical spaces that advance such educational goals as active learning, teamwork, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

“Design is a dynamic, exciting way to enhance the learning experience,” says Lisa Howley, AAMC senior director of strategic initiatives and partnerships in medical education. “Of course, we don’t need to be limited by physical structure as we find new, engaging ways to teach, but thinking about the physical environment can be a powerful way to advance experiential learning.”

Here are how three innovative institutions are using their buildings to meet the needs of today’s students and to promote the care of tomorrow’s patients.

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Research Lowers Antibiotic Use in Newborns

To keep newborns whose mothers have infections from receiving unnecessary antibiotics, researchers at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are choosing to monitor babies that appear well at birth rather than automatically administer antibiotic treatments that may leave the infants vulnerable to certain conditions.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

International Exposure for Residents in Clinical Rotation

The Global Health Scholars Program at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine provides residents who are planning to work in underserved areas or have a focus on health disparities with the opportunity to rotate through Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Botswana in four-week increments.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

3D Printers Move Beyond Curiosities

Physicians throughout the Emory Healthcare system are using 3D printing to design and create custom knee replacements for athletes, infant nasal suction devices, and patient-specific heart valves; to build prototypes that change how surface lesions and wounds are treated; and more.