Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hands-On Chemistry Course Has Students Taking on Rare Cancers

Jeff Field, PhD, a professor in the Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, led undergraduates in testing the effectiveness of dozens of cancer drugs against a rare type of cancer called neurofibromatosis. The class gave the students hands-on experience, and the research may be helpful in testing new therapeutics.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Med Schools to Teach How to Discuss Patients’ Goals for Care—and for Life

The four medical schools in Massachusetts have jointly agreed to teach students and residents how to talk with patients about what they want from life and their goals at the end of life, so future doctors will know how far to go in keeping gravely ill patients alive.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Shadows of Stigma

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are chipping away at stigma’s invisible barrier. They’re trying to understand what drives it, how health care providers can help patients step out of the shadows, and what solutions could break the links that tie shame and fear to poor health.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

A Morning in Their Shoes

First-year residents at Colorado’s UCHealth shadow nurses in an effort to better understand them and to foster communication between the two groups.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Unique Womb-Like Device Could Reduce Mortality and Disability for Extremely Premature Infants

A unique womb-like environment could transform care for extremely premature babies by mimicking the prenatal fluid-filled environment to give the tiniest newborns a few weeks to develop their lungs and other organs. The device was designed by pediatric researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Navigating Transitions, Charting New Paths

Philip A. Pizzo, MD, of the Stanford University School of Medicine, discusses why it is important for physicians to anticipate a possible career transition down the road.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Student-Run Clinics Provide Health Screenings at Homeless Shelters

During clinics at homeless shelters, students from Virginia Commonwealth University's schools of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry provide blood pressure checks, cholesterol and glucose testing,  and oral cancer screenings, among other services.

Friday, May 26, 2017

‘There are No Borders for Science’

The Department of Clinical and Translation Science at Creighton University School of Medicine turned its break room into a hub of international cooperation. Doctoral students, post docs and faculty exchange ideas, learn to appreciate one another's cultures and backgrounds, and discuss health challenges in other countries.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This is How Inspiration Strikes: the Story Behind Temple’s Baby Boxes

For every 1,000 live births in Philadelphia, nearly 10 babies died in their first year, a rate much higher than ones elsewhere in the state. After receiving this data in 2013, Megan Heere, MD medical director of the Well Baby Nursery at Temple University Hospital, read a BBC News story about a baby box program in Finland and thus began the two-and-a-half year odyssey that led to Temple becoming the first hospital in America to give away baby boxes.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Virtual Humans Help Aspiring Doctors Learn Empathy

Delivering bad news in a caring way—and coping with a patient’s reaction—is a key skill for doctors. At the University of Michigan Medical School, intuitive technology is helping medical students learn the best approaches.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Simply Streisand

Award-winning entertainer Barbra Streisand has long been an activist for many causes, including civil rights and gender equity. In 2014, she joined with philanthropist Ronald O. Perelman to found the Women's Heart Alliance, a topic she discussed in a recent interview with Stanford Medicine magazine.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Initiative Clears Air in the OR

Nurses at UCHealth in Colorado are learning how to remove smoke from particles created by lasers and electrical devices used during surgery. The particles can elude surgical masks and have been shown to cause respiratory problems if inhaled.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

How Medical Research is Boosting Connecticut’s Economy

Political, academic and business leaders in Connecticut say more local jobs are needed in biomedical research and the biotech industry for the state to thrive.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Medical Students Care for Poor and Homeless

Student-doctors lead an interdisciplinary student health care team to provide care for underserved residents in the community.

Friday, May 26, 2017

eiShare and eiResidency: A Two-in-One Game Changer for Medical Students

The web-based platform eiShare allows Einstein College of Medicine students to share study materials, collaborate on homework assignments, and study more efficiently.