Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Residents create education campaign for patients

To decrease the number of women who do not show up for their annual pap-smear or the follow-up visit after abnormal results, three OB/GYN residents at Duke Health have designed an easy-to-read informational flyer, in both English and Spanish, to educate patients about what to expect at each visit. The flyers will be mailed to each patient with their routine reminder letter in advance of their appointments.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Medical students confront health disparities through interactive course

A simulation facilitated by the Capital Area Food Bank gave first-year medical students at Georgetown University School of Medicine an opportunity to experience the varied circumstances surrounding food insecurity in Washington, D.C. In the hands-on simulation, each student was assigned a budget, a family to feed for an entire day, and “stations” to visit, like the SNAP benefits office or a corner store.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Medical students get EMT training and conduct community health assessments

Six first year medical students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine took part in a six-week emergency medical technician, or EMT, training program. The experience also taught them how to conduct community health assessments, which help determine areas of need and create realistic intervention targets for positive change.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Medical school launches program to address workforce diversity

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences launched the GW Health Careers Opportunity Program, an initiative to introduce local high school students to a health sciences-focused curriculum and address regional health care disparities. The program also enhances post-baccalaureate training for students from disadvantaged backgrounds with guaranteed admission pathways into graduate health professions programs.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Florida health system plays vital role in patient care after hurricane

When Hurricane Michael made landfall, University of Florida Health Shands Hospital accepted more than 30 patients from storm-damaged hospitals in the Florida panhandle by both ambulance and helicopter. After the medical evacuations from other hospitals were complete, helicopter flight crews were called on to assist with rescue operations.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Volunteers provide 520 children from Alabama with vision care

Medical students from the UAB School of Medicine completed a service learning project in partnership with FocusFirst by screening 520 children from 23 schools throughout Alabama for potential vision issues and identifying those children that need follow-up care.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Course teaches trainees how to provide care in developing countries

Indi Trehan, MD, professor of medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, led a two-week global health seminar for medical students, residents, and fellows to prepare them for clinical rotations and careers in developing countries. During the course, trainees practiced diagnosing and treating simulated patients and visited community organizations in St. Louis that help immigrants and refugees.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Researchers show effectiveness of new noninvasive blood glucose test

University of Missouri—Columbia School of Medicine researchers partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop and study the effectiveness of new noninvasive technology that measures blood glucose levels with lasers and does not involve the drawing of blood.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

School of medicine professor conducts research for NASA

Michael Pecaut, PhD, a Loma Linda School of Medicine research professor, spent 45 days in near total isolation in a structure modeled after NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) vessel. To mimic real space missions, Pecaut and three others lived in a 636-square foot windowless structure, with only the supplies they brought on board at the start of the mission, in order to study new technologies, equipment, and the human reaction to long-term isolation and confinement.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

New consortium to focus on awareness and research into pain management

University of Connecticut (UConn) Health, the UConn Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and the Jackson Laboratory have created the Connecticut Pain Consortium, the first pain research and education collaboration in Connecticut. The consortium focuses on initiatives that conduct research, collect data, and raise awareness about pain management, along with developing a curriculum around pain management and research for health care providers.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Researchers showcase medical innovations and inventions

The University of Arizona College of Medicine–Tucson hosted the second annual Innovations and Inventions Research Fair, spotlighting scientists and clinicians and their research endeavors and success stories. The event gives researchers an opportunity to hear about each other’s projects and connect to exchange ideas, expertise, and resources.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Students complete austere medicine capstone in Greenland

Two fourth-year students from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine spent four weeks in Greenland completing austere medicine capstone projects. The students lived and worked with clinic staff to learn more about the unique medical challenges physicians face when practicing in extremely isolated locations.