Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Researchers develop new tool to track injuries in older adults

Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California developed a tool to help document injuries in older adults and possibly provide better evidence for elder abuse cases. The inspiration for the Geriatric Injury Documentation Tool came from a study that noted improved documentation of the injuries experienced by older adults was needed and could help identify elder abuse.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Medical students facilitate local high school health fair

High school seniors at Travis Early College High School in Austin, Texas – in conjunction with medical students from The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School -- organized a health fair to educate each other in important aspects of health. The medical students acted as facilitators and mentors to the high school seniors and will continue that mentorship throughout the high schoolers’ academic careers.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Wisconsin psychiatry residency program brings hope for rural patients

A new psychiatry residency program, supervised by the Medical College of Wisconsin, placed four psychiatry residents in rural parts of Wisconsin. The residents will provide psychiatric services to patients,  helping to alleviate the shortage of mental health professionals in the region and combat rising suicide rates.  

Thursday, February 21, 2019

High schoolers shadow physicians to gain insight

A group of high school students from underrepresented backgrounds in the Charlottesville, Virginia, area are taking part in a new program, called Discover Medicine, that allowed them to visit the University of Virginia Medical Center to shadow physicians in order to experience a career in medicine and be inspired to consider medical school.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

To advocate for patients, medical students turn to the law

A new program allows Georgetown University School of Medicine students to complete an elective “rotation” in a law clinic, helping to educate medical students on the use of the law as a tool to improve health and well-being and teach them how to better advocate for patients who need special accommodations or are from underserved backgrounds.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Giving children the chance to see clearly

Two-thirds of Arkansan children fail their school vision screenings without receiving follow-up eye care. To help remedy this, volunteer physicians, medical students, and optometrists from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences joined the nonprofit organization Rural Ophthalmology Optometry Treatment and Screening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to provide free eye exams and prescription eyeglasses for almost 70 school-aged children.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Art Exhibit shines a light on rare diseases

Twenty-five portraits of children with rare diseases hung in the hallway of a building at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine from Feb. 28 to March 15. The exhibit, called Beyond the Diagnosis, was timed to coincide with International Rare Disease Day, and provided a powerful look at the faces and spirits of children who live with rare diseases and hope for advances in treatments.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Hospital treats homelessness as a medical condition, improves health

The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, in partnership with the Center for Housing and Health in Chicago, has begun providing permanent housing for homeless patients that repeatedly show up in emergency rooms. The program, called Better Health Through Housing, improves the overall health of these patients and reduces health care costs in the long run.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Medical school to launch unique academic department

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University is launching an academic department of integrative medicine, which combines elements of conventional and alternative medicine to address the whole person. A number of electives for medical students and other allied health professions will be offered, as will master’s degree and certificate programs.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

“Mini-Medical School” offers healthy aging courses

The John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is holding its semiannual Dr. Rosita Leong Mini-Medical School for Healthy Aging, a program that educates seniors on positive ways to maintain health and well-being throughout life. Almost 180 seniors are enrolled in the five-week course, which is free for members of the local community.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Effective method for reducing hospital stay after operation

Clinicians at Thomas Jefferson University have shown, through a controlled study, that providing pancreatic cancer patients intensive care after a pancreaticoduodenectomy, or Whipple operation, can help reduce the length of their hospital stay, therefore reducing costs and allowing them to transition more quickly to the next phase of treatment.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Medical student launches LGBTQ+ health care publication

A second year medical student at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine recently launched the online publication, Pride in Practice, to offer more comprehensive LGBTQ+ health care education for medical students, residents, physicians, and other health care workers.