Perspectives

A Word From the President

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Leadership Forum on Diversity and Inclusion

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

In June, approximately 70 academic medicine leaders representing all AAMC affinity groups gathered in Washington, D.C., for our 2017 Leadership Forum, “Achieving Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Academic Medicine.” Six months previously, at Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting, Joan Reede, MD, professor of medicine and dean for diversity and community partnership at Harvard Medical School and chair of the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion, challenged AAMC group leaders to view the work of all our groups, from those focused on business affairs and institutional advancement to our groups on research and faculty, through the lens of diversity and inclusion. This year’s Leadership Forum took that challenge as our focus, and the result was a robust conversation about the ways in which we as individuals and representatives of our institutions can actively work toward creating diverse and inclusive organizations focused on solving the profound health disparities in our communities.

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Viewpoints

Monday, July 24, 2017

Humility, Empathy Required to Create Inclusive Research Culture

by Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI, and Victoria Villalta-Gil, PhD

Why are racial and ethnic minorities less likely than the general population to participate in clinical trials? Researchers have tried several strategies to get these populations involved, and while some have been successful, minority participation in clinical research remains low. However, by making an effort to understand the cultural and historical factors at play and involving minority groups in solutions, investigators can go a long way toward encouraging underrepresented groups to participate in clinical trials.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Effective Advocacy: Applying What I Learned on the Hill

by Karen Fisher, JD, AAMC Chief Public Policy Officer

Successful advocacy depends on continuous engagement and ongoing relationships, AAMC Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, writes in a Viewpoint.

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In early May, fourth-year medical students at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine tested their surgical skills and knowledge at a residency prep event known as the Surgical Olympics. Faculty member Christian Jones, MD, MS, said he especially looks forward to the day’s final event—a Jeopardy-style competition.

“That’s one of the best parts; I get to play Alex Trebek,” said Jones, assistant professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The Surgical Olympics wrap up a week-long, voluntary boot camp for Johns Hopkins students who are about to begin surgical internships. While it certainly has its fun moments, the event has a serious mission: to better prepare graduating medical students for the rigors of residency. The Johns Hopkins boot camp is part of a nationwide pilot project that is testing a new residency prep curriculum specifically for incoming surgical interns. The pilot is a collaboration of the American College of Surgeons, Association of Program Directors in Surgery, and the Association for Surgical Education.

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Academic Medicine in the News

Friday, August 11, 2017

Researchers Engineer Next Generation Trans-Catheter Heart Valves

Faculty from The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine, along with graduate students from the OSU College of Engineering, are developing a next generation trans-catheter heart valve. The valve would provide a more durable treatment for patients with heart valve disease.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Last Word: ‘Hola, Soy la Doctora Bell’

Christine Bell, MD, a third-year pediatric resident at Emory University School of Medicine, discusses how her ability to speak Spanish affects her interactions with patients at the continuity clinic, a part of Grady Health System in Atlanta that primarily serves children of Hispanic immigrants, and at the nearby children's hospital.

Friday, August 11, 2017

New Genetic Counseling Degree Program Offered

The Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees, Academic Council and Faculty Senate have approved a new Genetic Counseling Program, which will award a Master of Science degree through the School of Allied Health Sciences. The two-year program prepares graduates to engage individuals and families who are at risk for, or affected by, conditions that may have a genetic cause.

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