Perspectives

A Word From the President

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Scaling the mountaintops of academic medicine

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

The AAMC’s president and CEO looks back on how far academic medicine has come — and ahead to its future heights.

Spiraling drug costs and threats to the 340B program hurt patients

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

Addressing high prescription drug costs and ptoetcting the 340B Drug Pricing Program are critical to improving the health of patients and communities, says AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD.

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Viewpoints

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

He studied life-changing traumas. Then he faced his own.

by Dennis S Charney, MD

After a near-fatal attack, a medical school dean found his own resiliency. Here’s how he did it — and the wisdom he offers others.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bullying’s brutal impact

by Joseph Wright, MD, MPH 

Physical pain, depression, anxiety, even suicide: the effects of bullying are profound. How academic medicine can — and must — help those who suffer.

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The first warning came not from researchers or from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It came from a hacker named Jay Radcliffe.

Radcliffe, who has diabetes, was curious to see if he could hack his implantable insulin pump. At the Black Hat USA security conference in 2011, he demonstrated that it wasn’t difficult to take control of an insulin pump and deliver a lethal dose to a patient.

A year later, another hacker showed that pacemakers were also vulnerable to attack. Using a laptop, he demonstrated that it was possible to send a lethal electric shock to a patient via a pacemaker. A third hacker turned his attention to drug infusion pumps. They too could be tinkered with to administer dangerous or fatal doses of drugs to a patient.

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Medical students learn about healthy aging

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University has launched a Geriatrics and Healthy Aging curriculum, which ensures that medical students are trained throughout their four-year program to treat the unique health needs of older adults.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Researchers develop new AI technology to screen X-rays

A new study by Stanford University College of Medicine used an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to screen chest X-rays for more than a dozen types of disease, including masses, enlarged hearts, and collapsed lungs. For 11 of the 14 pathologies, the AI algorithm made correct diagnoses at the same rate as radiologists or better.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Schools of medicine and dentistry collaborate on new curriculum

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry have developed a new interprofessional course for third- and fourth-year students to educate them about the ways in which medical and dental professionals can collaborate to improve health outcomes for their patients.

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