Academic Medicine in the News

Friday, July 05, 2019

Medical students use television to address health disparities

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association at the Medical College of Wisconsin is partnering with a Milwaukee-based television program to address health disparities in Milwaukee’s local Hmong community. Students discuss health topics during a segment on WMLW-TV’s monthly Nyob Zoo Milwaukee TV, a local program targeting the Hmong population in Wisconsin.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Female medical students provide outreach to pregnant teens

APOYO, an adolescent pregnancy program run by medical students from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, provides unique opportunities for first- and second-year female medical students to help pregnant teens in the community while creating long lasting relationships.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mass casualty drill teaches life lessons

Nearly 80 college students participating in the University of Florida’s Summer Health Professions Education Program had the opportunity to practice first aid on volunteer victims, played by medical students and residents, during a mass casualty drill.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Study aims to increase diversity among clinical trial participants

The University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has launched a new study to determine how financial assistance for costs associated with clinical trial participation might increase enrollment, particularly among low-income patients and racial and ethnic minorities. The study, known as Improving Patient Access to Cancer Clinical Trials, assesses social and cultural barriers to clinical trial participation.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Faculty encouraged to “be here now”

To help reduce stress and burnout and enhance the quality of time spent outside of work, the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine challenged faculty and staff to a voluntary weeklong exercise in moderating the number of emails they sent after work hours. Participants reported feeling re-energized and refreshed after disconnecting during the exercise.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hockey FIT program shows improvements for men’s health

An innovative program based at the Western University Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry helps motivate Canadian men to live healthier lifestyles using their passion for hockey. Early results show that the eighty men who participated in the first twelve weeks were ten times more likely to lose weight and maintain the weight loss than men who were not in the program.

Friday, July 05, 2019

String quartets teach medical students the art of nonverbal communication

The Emerson String Quartet and the Thalea String Quartet visited Wayne State University School of Medicine to teach a cohort of third-year medical students how they use breathing, facial expressions, physical gestures, and oral communication to better their musical performances, and how those same principles can be applied to physician-patient and interprofessional communication.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Program improves teaching skills in students and residents

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Teaching Star program provides medical students and residents with the opportunity to become effective peer educators. Participants with high marks from their students receive commendations as “Teaching Stars,” and those with low scores are flagged for individualized improvement.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Studying the impact of climate change on patient health

A multidisciplinary symposium that includes medical students, residents, and faculty on the University of Michigan campus will explore the impact that climate change will have on the health of future patients worldwide and advance the study of behavior change and the psychology behind climate change.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Weaving social work into the medical school curriculum

Dell Medical School and Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin are advancing the role of social work as an agent of health care transformation and increasing interprofessional education through the creation of the new Department of Health Social Work within the medical school.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Medical campus students perform Shrek the Musical

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis medical students, along with other health professions students at the university, produced and performed Shrek the Musical in the school’s 14th annual musical theater production. The unique production allows students the opportunity to exercise their creativity while establishing friendships across the health professions spectrum.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Fighting the opioid epidemic with data

A collaborative project in Connecticut, designed to track and analyze crucial data about local opioid overdoses, will allow health officials and care providers to alert the public to overdose spikes and practice targeted and effective prevention techniques. The program is a partnership between the Connecticut Poison Control Center, the UConn John Dempsey Hospital, and the state’s Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services, and it has expanded to include 37 towns statewide.