A Word From the President

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Landmark for Women in Medicine

by Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO
For the first time ever, the majority of entering medical school matriculants are women. Learn why this is only the first step in making medicine more inclusive.
In 1973, the year I started medical school, women constituted only a small percentage of all medical students. My own class at the University of Colorado reflected this trend. I realize, in hindsight, how unaware my male classmates and I were of the many barriers our female colleagues had overcome to be there—from unconscious bias to outright sexism—and how they continued to experience more of the same in medical school and residency training. While I could look to male scientists and physicians as examples and mentors through childhood, my undergraduate degree, and medical school, the same cannot be said for most of the women of my generation who made their way to medical school and became physicians, often without female role models.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

A Threat to Immigration, A Threat to Care

by Augustine M.K. Choi, MD, Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine, and provost for medical affairs, Cornell University

The immigrant son of an immigrant physician—now also a physician himself—reveals how stricter immigration controls and rescinding DACA will harm all patients, medical education, and biomedical research in the United States.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Academic Medicine Needs More Women Leaders

by Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD, FASTRO

The number of women in C-suite positions is much too low. Learn how sponsorship—a successful corporate practice—can help break glass ceilings. 

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In 2012, Geraldine Dawson, PhD, director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University School of Medicine, coauthored a first-trial study to show that early intervention can result in normalized brain patterns among young children with autism. But because the average age at which children are diagnosed with autism is four, when their brains aren’t as malleable, many children with the developmental disorder have missed the chance for early treatment. 

Now, screening tools to roll back that average age of diagnosis to the first year of life could soon be widely used in pediatric practices. Much of this innovative work is happening inside the country’s medical schools, where researchers are uncovering the roots of autism as well as developing and testing techniques that could literally change the trajectory of a child’s life. 

“By providing therapy as early as possible, we can have very significant impacts on outcomes—long-term outcomes,” says Dawson. 

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Investments Add Diversity to Labs and Clinics

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine established the Strategic Planning Recruitment and Retention Program in 2014 to increase the number of clinicians and professors from underrepresented minorities and further diversify the school’s faculty. Financial support for research, mentoring, and support is also offered for new faculty recruited through the program.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Virtual Calming

Clinicians at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford are using virtual reality technology to prepare children and teenagers for surgery and to distract them from intravenous tubes, vaccinations, anesthesia masks, and other equipment that have been shown to cause anxiety for young patients.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Training Doctors to Spot Human Trafficking

The University of Louisville School of Medicine has implemented simulation-based curriculum to help students recognize victims of human trafficking and intervene on their behalf. Known as Medical Student Instruction in Global Human Trafficking (M-SIGHT), the program uses online learning, documentation, and standardized patient-based simulation to train students to recognize bruises, cigarette burns, branding, and other signs of trafficking.