A Word From the President

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Creating Learning Environments That Promote Physician Resilience

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

When I was a medical student and resident, the culture of academic medicine was hierarchical and individualistic. This culture made it difficult to acknowledge and understand the problems that were leading to stress and burnout among learners, educators, and practicing physicians and scientists. It saddens me to think about how we tolerated corrosive and disrespectful interactions, assuming they were natural for a profession  that is stressful and an educational process that is rigorous. Too often, the line between demanding excellence and demeaning individuals was crossed, and no one said a word.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Global Health Electives Provide Lessons in Patient Advocacy, Health Equity, Humility

By Majid Sadigh, MD, and Mitra Sadigh

For many medical students, training in a resource-limited setting is their first exposure to the way most of the world lives, where nylon gloves are used in place of catheters, where the number of radiation machines in a nation can be counted on one hand, where a bed shortage might mean patients sleep on the floor.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The World of Medicine My Physician Daughters Will Inherit

By B. Vindell Washington, MD, MHCM, Former National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

As health IT continues to guide health delivery innovations, we must ensure we also lay the groundwork for more person-centered care.

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Deborah Powell, MD, has never been a big believer that four years of medical school is the magic number. After years of discussing the issue with peers and colleagues, she decided to test her hypothesis.

The result is the Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum (EPAC) Project, a competency-based medical education model now being piloted in the United States at four medical schools. EPAC’s core philosophy is the idea that students who advance through medical school on the basis of their mastery of certain competencies are just as prepared for residency as those who complete four years of education. The program began in 2009 and welcomed its first students in 2013.

The AAMC has been involved in EPAC since its inception and is sponsoring the pilot project. To date, six students taking part in the EPAC pilot have begun residency.

“It’s been a messy process, but we’ve already built so much and learned so much,” said Powell, professor of laboratory medicine and pathology and dean emerita of the University of Minnesota Medical School. “We’ve learned that some students can make decisions about specialty choices a lot earlier than we think, and that opens the door for us to create different pathways for medical students, instead of assuming that one size fits all.”

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bold Goal: Manufacturing Human Tissue

As part of a new, national public-private initiative, University of Virginia biomedical engineers and physicians will develop technologies for manufacturing human tissues and organs, with the goal of making them readily available to patients.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

MDs Under Pressure

Dalhousie University and McMaster University are pilot sites for a new program that adapts U.S. Navy SEAL training to help doctors fight stress.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Center for Addiction Science Recognized as First Addiction Medicine Center of Excellence Nationwide

The Center for Addiction Science at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine is at the forefront of its field—as the center nationwide to bring together clinical care, research, education, and community outreach to address addiction and substance use.