Perspectives

A Word From the President

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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.

Spiraling drug costs and threats to the 340B program hurt patients

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

Addressing high prescription drug costs and ptoetcting the 340B Drug Pricing Program are critical to improving the health of patients and communities, says AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD.

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Viewpoints

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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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bullying’s brutal impact

by Joseph Wright, MD, MPH 

Physical pain, depression, anxiety, even suicide: the effects of bullying are profound. How academic medicine can — and must — help those who suffer.

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The first warning came not from researchers or from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It came from a hacker named Jay Radcliffe.

Radcliffe, who has diabetes, was curious to see if he could hack his implantable insulin pump. At the Black Hat USA security conference in 2011, he demonstrated that it wasn’t difficult to take control of an insulin pump and deliver a lethal dose to a patient.

A year later, another hacker showed that pacemakers were also vulnerable to attack. Using a laptop, he demonstrated that it was possible to send a lethal electric shock to a patient via a pacemaker. A third hacker turned his attention to drug infusion pumps. They too could be tinkered with to administer dangerous or fatal doses of drugs to a patient.

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Residents train in rural areas, thanks to new partnership

To combat the shortage of physicians in rural areas, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has partnered with Cahaba Medical Care, a family medicine group with clinics in counties across Alabama, to provide rural communities with more physicians. Each year, 12 residents will split their time between Cahaba’s clinics and UAB’s hospitals.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New app summarizing landmark medical studies launches

Michael Hockman, MD, director of the Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, created an app that summarizes landmark medical studies in a variety of disciplines. Called “50 Studies,” the app will help residents, physicians, and other health care professionals quickly familiarize themselves with key studies, staying on top of the latest findings in their fields.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New finding suggests ‘HIV remission’ is possible

Researchers at John Hopkins University School of Medicine have identified two patients with a natural ability to suppress HIV. While based on small numbers, the data suggest that long-term viral remission might be possible for more people.

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