Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, September 20, 2018

‘Evil’ proteins are a force for good

Researchers at the University of Arizona Cancer Center have shown that estrogen enhances the production of the EVL protein (pronounced “evil”), which helps stop the spread of breast cancer to other parts of the body. This finding could lead to more precise treatments for breast cancer patients.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

University launches physician-scientist-in-residence program

Virginia Commonwealth University School for the Arts has named their first physician-scientist-in-residence as part of an ongoing collaboration between the School of the Arts and the School of Medicine that aims to help improve medical education and advance patient care by solving problems with art and design.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Nutrition education integrated into the medical education curriculum

Nutrition can play a crucial role in treatment plans for a wide variety of diseases and conditions. The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth is integrating evidence-based nutrition education across all four years of its curriculum to help future physicians feel more comfortable when discussing nutrition with their patients.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Research sheds light on Malaria

Researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have gained insight into how malaria infects red blood cells, a finding which could lead to new treatments for the disease.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Milk depot provides nourishment for NICU newborns

Mothers of premature infants in the NICU sometimes have trouble producing enough breast milk for the entirety of their child’s stay. To help these newborns and parents, the University of Connecticut John Dempsey Hospital opened the first milk depot in the region, which accepts breast milk donations from screened volunteers.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Orientation for medical school parents urges involvement

An orientation program hosted by the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine offers parents of incoming first-year medical students the opportunity to learn about how to support their child during medical school and provides information on the curriculum, requirements, and resources available for students.

Friday, August 31, 2018

New neurodevelopmental center meets needs of community

The West Virginia University Medicine Children’s Hospital opened a neurodevelopmental center to treat children with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and developmental delay. The center will improve patient care in a community that previously did not have access to doctors who specialized in the treatment of these conditions.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Medical students learn community history on bus tour

To better understand their new community and patients, first year medical students at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University boarded a bus and received a comprehensive oral history of the city of Greeneville, North Carolina. Each stop featured a personal story, historical context, and explanations of modern relevance.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Regenerative medicine center announced at medical school

Indiana University School of Medicine announced a five-year plan to establish a new center for regenerative medicine, a developing field that works to restore and replace the function of damaged tissues and organs.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Educational program seeks to improve health care costs

Two students from the Ohio State University College of Medicine are participating in a new program that teaches first-year medical students to assess the value of every procedure, test, and surgery in order to improve health outcomes and lower health care costs.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Students help the underserved get healthy

Eastern Virginia Medical School students teach exercise and nutrition classes and conduct routine health screenings for participants in a program that provides homeless individuals in the community with fitness, nutrition, and job placement training.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Partnership to promote minority participation in clinical trials

A new partnership between Morehouse School of Medicine and Clinical Research Pathways aims to eliminate obstacles that discourage minority patients from participating in clinical trials. The project will train minority physicians to serve as clinical investigators and rely on them to enroll patients at the point of care.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Health and wellness initiative enhances curriculum


The Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has embedded a wellness initiative into its medical school curriculum to assist students during their future careers as physicians. Throughout medical school, students will learn stress reduction techniques, participate in wellness orientations, and more.  

Friday, August 31, 2018

Gut bacteria may play role in inability to lose weight

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have shown that, for some people, specific activities of gut bacteria could be responsible for their inability to lose weight, even though they adhere to a strict diet and exercise regimen.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

New program educates next environmental health scientists

Thanks to new grant funding, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health launched a joint program to address gaps in environmental health science research training and experience. Participating students’ work in the program will center around genetics, environmental health, and data science.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fighting back against antimicrobial resistance

Researchers at Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center have shown that copper-coated surfaces could be used to reduce antimicrobial resistance and slow infection rates. The research team noted that copper is helpful because it is self-sanitizing and can fit easily over existing hospital infrastructure, like bed rails.