Perspectives

A Word From the President

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Supporting the Next Generation as the Physician Shortage Becomes Reality

by Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO
As the physician shortage looms, we must do everything we can to prepare medical students and residents for the future of practice.

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Supporting Medical Students and Residents With DACA Status

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

DACA recipients face an uncertain future. Academic medicine must ensure that the doors to medical schools and teaching hospitals remain open for these students and residents.

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Viewpoints

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Black and White: Are Racial Categories Too Narrow?

by David E. Hayes-Bautista, PhD

Current options for identifying race fail to provide an accurate picture of health data and disparities. More diverse voices can change that, argues one expert.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

NIH Funding Is Vital to Our Nation’s Health and Prosperity

by E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and Paul B. Rothman, MD

The deans of the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University schools of medicine examine how funding the National Institutes of Health helps save lives, support our economy, and more.

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Even without an in-person office visit, patients can provide doctors with their blood pressure readings remotely, be evaluated for a stroke from miles away, or video chat with a psychiatrist. All this and more are part of the growing world of telemedicine—the use of telecommunications technologies to diagnose, monitor, educate, and treat patients. 

Fueled by advances in digital, mobile, and connected technologies, telemedicine enables health professionals to offer care in underserved areas, stay in close contact with patients, and share specialty expertise with frontline providers.

Because of such benefits, the use of telemedicine is increasing in places like emergency departments, rural health clinics, and even patients’ homes. In a 2017 survey of more than 100 senior-level executives and health care providers at hospitals, specialty clinics, and related organizations, approximately 75% of respondents said their organization offers or plans to offer telemedicine services. 

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Students Teach Community About Lupus and Sun Exposure

For those living with lupus, the harmful effects of sun exposure are particularly pronounced. To help educate the community about this issue, University of Central Florida College of Medicine students joined a local lupus walk and handed out sunscreen, informational pamphlets, and UV-sensing keychains.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A New Partnership for Medical Education

The U.S. Air Force and the Texas A&M Health Science Center partnered to create a new clinical training site that will provide students with diverse clinical and research opportunities while also treating the nation’s active-duty personnel, veterans, and their families.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A New Weapon Against Cancer Metastasis

Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have identified a new compound, called Metarrestin, that halts the growth of cancer cells and can help prevent the spread of metastatic tumors.

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