Perspectives

A Word From the President

Friday, February 10, 2017

Executive Order on Immigration Threatens Our Nation's Health Security

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

When the White House issued its Jan. 27 executive order barring foreign nationals from seven countries from entering the United States, I found myself thinking about my experience as a physician-researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Joining the NIH shortly after I finished my residency, I worked alongside brilliant physicians from countries such as Romania and Poland, which were then under communist rule, as well as Syria and other nations now in the news. The experience opened my eyes to the practical advantages of bringing together people with unique worldviews and experiences in health research. For decades, our nation’s openness to scientific collaboration has brought top physicians and scientists from around the world to the United States, which in turn has positioned the United States as a global leader in medical research, strengthened our economy, and bolstered public health.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The World of Medicine My Physician Daughters Will Inherit

By B. Vindell Washington, MD, MHCM, Former National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

As health IT continues to guide health delivery innovations, we must ensure we also lay the groundwork for more person-centered care.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How Undergraduate Programs Can Boost Minority Success in Medical School

By Freeman A. Hrabowski III, PhD, and Peter H. Henderson, PhD

The Meyerhoff Scholars Program keeps minority students in STEM disciplines by shifting the emphasis from “weeding out” to supporting student success.

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Within a few months of arriving at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, a medical student may have already saved someone’s life.

That’s because Greenville medical students spend their first seven weeks training to become certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs). After receiving EMT certification, students work one 12-hour shift with the county’s ambulance service each month during their first and second years. From day one, medical students are introduced to the diversity of patients and populations they’ll be caring for, according to Tom Blackwell, MD, a clinical professor at Greenville and director of the school’s EMT Training Program.

“We’re teaching [students] how to do a history, take vital signs, how to critically think and problem solve in the first six weeks. It really builds their confidence,” Blackwell said.

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Improving Access to Mental Health Care

The Medical College of Wisconsin uses consultation programs and other methods to create better access to mental health care.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

'Radical Collaboration' Sets its Sights on Cancer Treatment

Doctors from Weill Cornell Medicine and the College of Veterinary Medicine are collaborating on the Progressive Assessment of Therapeutics Program, a cancer research initiative to revolutionize treatment for humans and animals.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

UAB Fellowship Brings Emergency Medicine Training to Kenya

Scott Irvine, MD, director of the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, taught Kenyan health professionals critical care and trauma skills.

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