Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Scientists Ease Blindness With Video Goggles

Scientists and engineers are a long way from creating a visual prosthesis that works as well as a real human eye, let alone a superhuman one. But two Stanford Medicine research teams are making steady progress in what was once the realm of science fiction.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Strengthening Providers' Emotional Reserves

UCHeath University of Colorado Hospital is addressing issues with provider resiliency and emotional stress with the recently formed Resiliency Education and Support Team (REST). The team is made up of six staffers who are trained to help reduce emotional stress in the hospital's Emergency Department, and inpatient and intensive care units.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Study of Genetic Causes of Mental Illness

Javier I. Escobar, MD, associate dean for global health and professor of psychiatry and family medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is examining the relationship between genetics and behavioral disorders. Escobar's research focuses on the Paisa population, native to northwest Colombia where he grew up. The Paisa community is considered a "genetic isolate" and has higher than average suicide rates.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Doctors on the Field

Emory University School of Medicine physicians respond to emergencies, including concussions, broken bones, and cardiac arrests from the sidelines of professional sports.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

First-generation Students and Their Mentors Honored

The Stanford University First Generation Mentorship Program pairs first-generation medical students and graduate students in the biomedical sciences with mentors who were themselves once first-generation students. The program paired 18 students last year, who were honored at a ceremony on Sept. 11.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Worm Found in Compost Valued for Research

A tiny worm – nematode, technically – often found in compost has become a common subject for basic science and health science research, and forms the basis for several projects across East Carolina University’s campus.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Caring for Pediatric Cancer Patients During a Storm

During Hurricane Harvey, Tim Porea, associate professor of pediatrics – hematology and oncology and clinical director of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, led a team of 15 faculty and fellows who coordinated care for patients who were unable to come to appointments and for about 80 children who were hospitalized during the storm.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

From Burnout to Balance

Eastern Virginia Medical School is implementing a set of new resources to relieve the pressures and stresses that accompany medical education and training in an effort to help students and residents avoid burnout.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Students Learn Life Lessons in Honoring Those Who Give

Each year, the Medical College of Wisconsin Anatomical Gift Registry (AGR) receives about 150 body donations to support the medical education of future physicians. Since 2011, the AGR, under the direction of Todd Hoagland, PhD, professor of cell biology, neurobiology, and anatomy, has held the annual AGR Memorial Service to provide next of kin with closure. Students gather with the families and honor their "first patients."

Thursday, October 12, 2017

SimCentral Cuts Ribbon on New Amarillo Building

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, Texas, has opened a new SimCentral building, which will assist in training students from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and other health professions, with the goal of improving patient safety, promoting precise teamwork, and saving lives. The facility will include space for teaching clinical simulations, classrooms, and space for staff and equipment.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Headed in the Wrong Direction, for the Right Reasons

Pat Conroy, director for safety and environment of care at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, headed to Florida as part of a support effort to assist during and immediately after Hurricane Irma, along with a Colorado emergency preparedness team.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Glaucoma Breakthrough

Iqbal Ahmad, PhD, a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has discovered that a common form of glaucoma may be caused by developmentally abnormal retinal ganglion cells, the cells whose degeneration is the hallmark of the disease. The discovery could result in earlier diagnosis and treatment of the disease, which is the second leading cause of irreversible blindness.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Medicine's Mentoring Program

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine faculty mentoring program brings together faculty members from different disciplines to create mentoring relationships across divisions. The program also gives younger faculty the support and resources they need to achieve their career goals in the clinical, educational, and/or research realms.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Building Bridges

A Harvard Medical School partnership with five medical schools in Vietnam seeks to improve medical education and care delivery in the southeast Asian country.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

PupilScreen Aims to Allow Concussion Detection With a Smartphone

University of Washington researchers are developing the first smartphone app that is capable of objectively detecting concussion and other traumatic brain injuries in the field—on the sidelines of a sports game, on a battlefield, or in the home of an elderly person prone to falls.