Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Medical students open clinic in rural Uganda

Jae Lee and Gautam Adusumilli, students at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, founded a community health center in the remote village of Mpunde, Uganda, after Lee's many trips to the region. The clinic provides basic health care for patients who might otherwise need to spend a month’s income to travel to a doctor.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Medical schools emphasize the arts

Two Pennsylvania medical schools are teaching students through unique classes in yoga and improvisation. The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's yoga class serves as an anatomy lesson, and the improvisation class at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University demonstrates the value of listening and observation.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Medical students lead cardiology workshop for high schoolers

First- and fourth-year medical students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine led a cardiology workshop at a local high school to promote mentorship and the health sciences. After an anatomy lesson led by an associate professor, the high school class broke into small groups and the medical students demonstrated how to use blood pressure cuffs and find pulses.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Training to reverse opioid overdoses

In an intensive 90-minute course, the Texas A&M University Health Science Center will train more than 5,000 students from the colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health to recognize an opioid overdose and administer naloxone.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Aromatherapy for preemies

The NICU at Rush University Medical Center started a program that allows the parents of premature babies to take home a six-inch quilted heart to wear against their skin, with the soft material absorbing the unique smell of the child’s parent. The fabric is then placed near or under the baby’s head so the scent of the parent can soothe the newborn even after mom or dad return home.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Residents train in rural areas, thanks to new partnership

To combat the shortage of physicians in rural areas, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has partnered with Cahaba Medical Care, a family medicine group with clinics in counties across Alabama, to provide rural communities with more physicians. Each year, 12 residents will split their time between Cahaba’s clinics and UAB’s hospitals.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Food as medicine course goes behind the scenes

As part of a Food as Medicine course at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine, medical students went to the Wynn Las Vegas resort and saw how restaurant chefs create healthier food options without sacrificing flavor. Students talked with some chefs at their award-winning restaurants, observed their exacting standards, and learned about dietary restrictions.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Cooking up community nutrition education

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine students recently took their health education skills to Girls Inc. of Omaha, a local organization that provides mentoring and educational programming for school age girls. The medical students taught the girls about healthy eating using the interactive My Plate model.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Researchers begin testing celiac vaccine in clinical trials

In the near future, people with celiac disease may have a vaccine to help protect themselves against accidental exposure to gluten. One of the first candidates, called Nexvax2, has begun a phase 2 clinical trial at Columbia University's Celiac Disease Center that will test the vaccine’s effectiveness.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Vaccine for Zika shown effective in preclinical trials

Researchers at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have successfully developed a vaccination candidate for the Zika virus using an animal model. This marks an important milestone in the process of creating an effective vaccine against the virus, for which there is currently no treatment or cure.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New app summarizing landmark medical studies launches

Michael Hockman, MD, director of the Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, created an app that summarizes landmark medical studies in a variety of disciplines. Called “50 Studies,” the app will help residents, physicians, and other health care professionals quickly familiarize themselves with key studies, staying on top of the latest findings in their fields.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New finding suggests ‘HIV remission’ is possible

Researchers at John Hopkins University School of Medicine have identified two patients with a natural ability to suppress HIV. While based on small numbers, the data suggest that long-term viral remission might be possible for more people.