Perspectives

A Word From the President

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The integrity of our research depends on the full disclosure of industry relationships

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

AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, says the failure to disclose potential conflicts of interest harms patients and the medical profession.

Scaling the mountaintops of academic medicine

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

The AAMC’s president and CEO looks back on how far academic medicine has come — and ahead to its future heights.

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Viewpoints

Friday, December 14, 2018

Learning without walls

by Amelia Warshaw

A medical student argues that volunteering in the community helps future physicians connect more deeply with patients — and themselves.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

He studied life-changing traumas. Then he faced his own.

by Dennis S. Charney, MD

After a near-fatal attack, a medical school dean found his own resiliency. Here’s how he did it — and the wisdom he offers others.

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Six hours. For years, that was the time window for removing a blood clot in a stroke victim. Go beyond that six-hour mark and the benefits decrease dramatically, physicians believed. But in January 2018, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association released new guidelines with a new time window: 16 to 24 hours, depending on the patient.

The decision was based on two studies led by Stanford University Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), with the participation of dozens of teaching hospitals. The idea, however, came from discussions that occurred almost 10 years earlier at UPMC.

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Medical students open clinic in rural Uganda

Jae Lee and Gautam Adusumilli, students at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, founded a community health center in the remote village of Mpunde, Uganda, after Lee's many trips to the region. The clinic provides basic health care for patients who might otherwise need to spend a month’s income to travel to a doctor.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Food as medicine course goes behind the scenes

As part of a Food as Medicine course at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine, medical students went to the Wynn Las Vegas resort and saw how restaurant chefs create healthier food options without sacrificing flavor. Students talked with some chefs at their award-winning restaurants, observed their exacting standards, and learned about dietary restrictions.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Medical schools emphasize the arts

Two Pennsylvania medical schools are teaching students through unique classes in yoga and improvisation. The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's yoga class serves as an anatomy lesson, and the improvisation class at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University demonstrates the value of listening and observation.

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