Tuesday, July 02, 2019

The disabilities we don't see

by Lisa Meeks, PhD

More than 90% of medical students with disabilities have conditions that aren't obvious: learning disabilities, ADHD, psychological disabilities, and chronic health conditions. 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

What can we learn from an epidemic?

by Atul Grover, MD, PhD, FACP, FCCP

AAMC Executive Vice President Atul Grover says we can use the lessons of the AIDS epidemic in the 1990s to inform our work today around the opioid crisis.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

When patients lie

by Angela Fagerlin, PhD

As many as 8 in 10 patients conceal significant information from their providers. A patient-physician communication expert reveals the truth — and consequences — of patient coverups.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Prioritizing the service mission

by David Lubarsky, MD, MBA

Competing priorities caused one health system to cut back on caring for the underserved. Here’s how they turned that around.

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“Do you think we’re gonna be replaced?”

A young Johns Hopkins University fellow recently asked that question while chatting with Elliot Fishman, MD, about artificial intelligence (AI). The two men were on the opposite ends of the career spectrum: Fishman has been at Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1980 and a professor of radiology and oncology there since 1991; the fellow was preparing for his first job as a radiologist.

“I said, ‘Well, I think it’s going to change what we do, but the good news is, at least you’re not a pathologist,’” Fishman recalls. “And he goes, ‘My wife is just graduating and she’s a pathologist.’ So I said, ‘Put away as much money as you can really fast.’”

Fishman laughs when he tells the story, but he understands the concern. Over the past few years, many AI proponents and medical professionals have branded radiology and pathology as dinosaur professions, doomed for extinction. In 2016, a New England Journal of Medicine article predicted that “machine learning will displace much of the work of radiologists and anatomical pathologists,” adding that “it will soon exceed human accuracy.”

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Academic Medicine in the News

Friday, July 05, 2019

Medical students use television to address health disparities

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association at the Medical College of Wisconsin is partnering with a Milwaukee-based television program to address health disparities in Milwaukee’s local Hmong community. Students discuss health topics during a segment on WMLW-TV’s monthly Nyob Zoo Milwaukee TV, a local program targeting the Hmong population in Wisconsin.

Friday, July 05, 2019

String quartets teach medical students the art of nonverbal communication

The Emerson String Quartet and the Thalea String Quartet visited Wayne State University School of Medicine to teach a cohort of third-year medical students how they use breathing, facial expressions, physical gestures, and oral communication to better their musical performances, and how those same principles can be applied to physician-patient and interprofessional communication.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Female medical students provide outreach to pregnant teens

APOYO, an adolescent pregnancy program run by medical students from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, provides unique opportunities for first- and second-year female medical students to help pregnant teens in the community while creating long lasting relationships.