A Word From the President

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

What Americans think about medical schools and teaching hospitals

by Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO
AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, reveals the results of the latest AAMC public opinion research report. The good news: They like us. They really like us.

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“That’s when I knew I wanted to be a doctor”

by Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO
AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, reflects on his own path to becoming a physician as a new class of MDs graduates into residency.



Monday, September 10, 2018

Healing the healers

by Jay M. Behel, PhD, and Adrienne S. Lawson, EdD

A disturbing number of students report being mistreated at some point during medical school. Restorative justice — an approach that brings together offenders and victims for honest dialogue — just might help.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

“Until one day I stood on a bridge, looking down”

by Leonard Su, MD

A physician sounds the alarm on mental illness and his own escape from the depths of despair.

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As a first-year resident at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Travus White, MD, stood in a trauma bay, directing a team rushing to save a toddler with a life-threatening allergic reaction. As adrenaline coursed through his body, White scanned nearby carts for treatments. None, when administered, seemed to have any effect.

“What I remember the most was that the respiratory therapist kept saying, ‘He’s not breathing, he’s not breathing, he’s not breathing!’” notes White. But he pressed on, using the algorithm he’d learned in training. Soon the patient responded, and White shook off the stress as if waking from a dream. 

In fact, the whole scenario had happened in White’s mind — thanks to a pair of virtual reality (VR) goggles and software developed with the help of CHLA educators. The patient and emergency staff were merely animations programmed to respond realistically to trainees’ split-second decisions.

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Medical students march against domestic violence

In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and in recognition of the role that physicians play in identifying early signs of abuse, medical students from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa marched together in the 24th annual Men’s March Against Violence. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Volunteers provide 520 children from Alabama with vision care

Medical students from the UAB School of Medicine completed a service learning project in partnership with FocusFirst by screening 520 children from 23 schools throughout Alabama for potential vision issues and identifying those children that need follow-up care.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Students complete austere medicine capstone in Greenland

Two fourth-year students from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine spent four weeks in Greenland completing austere medicine capstone projects. The students lived and worked with clinic staff to learn more about the unique medical challenges physicians face when practicing in extremely isolated locations.