Academic Medicine in the News

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, 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, 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, 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, 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

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.

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.

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.