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 17, 2018

Potential for a Noninvasive Brain Tumor Biopsy

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and School of Engineering & Applied Science have developed a proof-of-concept technique that uses focused ultrasound and tiny bubbles to biopsy brain tumors, which could eliminate the need for a surgical biopsy.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Robotic Assistant Detects Seizures Eliminating Need to Shave Patient’s Head

Doctors at Stanford University School of Medicine used a robotic assistant to detect the source of a toddler’s seizures without performing surgery or even shaving her head. The procedure, which used a Robotized Stereotactic Assistant, allowed the doctors to locate the benign tumors causing the seizures and prepare a plan to remove them.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fighting Discrimination With Knowledge and Improv

More than 100 students at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine attended an improv event designed to teach ways to stand up to discrimination against minority groups. The event, titled What Would You Do?, featured theater students acting out scenarios of discrimination based on real-life situations and audience discussions.

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