Academic Medicine in the News

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Getting men to the doctor with “Man Cave Health”

Men are less likely than women to get an annual physical and more likely to work or play through pain or injury. To address this issue and to spread awareness about prostate cancer, the department of urology at Mount Sinai Health System has partnered with a nonprofit organization called Man Cave Health to create a sports-themed doctor’s office that houses multiple specialists along with educational resources on prostate health.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Making academia more inclusive through drag

Through the “Science is a Drag” drag show, researchers at McMaster University in Toronto, Canada, work to create science-centric events and spaces that are inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. At the event, scientists perform in drag and then provide jargon-free descriptions of their research.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Future physicians and researchers spend summer on the U.S.- Mexico border

Eleven University of Arizona students aspiring to careers in medicine and medical research participated in hands-on service-learning experiences this summer to address health disparities in the U.S.-Mexico border region during an intensive 10-week internship.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Female medical students provide outreach to pregnant teens

APOYO, an adolescent pregnancy program run by medical students from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, provides unique opportunities for first- and second-year female medical students to help pregnant teens in the community while creating long lasting relationships.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Medical students use television to address health disparities

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association at the Medical College of Wisconsin is partnering with a Milwaukee-based television program to address health disparities in Milwaukee’s local Hmong community. Students discuss health topics during a segment on WMLW-TV’s monthly Nyob Zoo Milwaukee TV, a local program targeting the Hmong population in Wisconsin.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Program improves teaching skills in students and residents

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Teaching Star program provides medical students and residents with the opportunity to become effective peer educators. Participants with high marks from their students receive commendations as “Teaching Stars,” and those with low scores are flagged for individualized improvement.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Med student gets closer to home by serving local community

Mario Castellanos, a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), grew up in the second-largest city in Honduras, and has found similarities between that community and the Hispanic community in east Milwaukee. Working with the MCW chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association, Mario has engaged young local students in science and medicine, among other efforts.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

HIV eliminated from the genomes of living animals

Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center eliminated replication-competent HIV-1 DNA — the virus responsible for AIDS — from the genomes of living animals.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Health professions students simulate poverty to understand effects on health

To learn how to consider poverty and social determinants of health in treatment decisions, a group of interprofessional health students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences participated in a large-scale poverty simulation.

Friday, July 05, 2019

String quartets teach medical students the art of nonverbal communication

The Emerson String Quartet and the Thalea String Quartet visited Wayne State University School of Medicine to teach a cohort of third-year medical students how they use breathing, facial expressions, physical gestures, and oral communication to better their musical performances, and how those same principles can be applied to physician-patient and interprofessional communication.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Studying the impact of climate change on patient health

A multidisciplinary symposium that includes medical students, residents, and faculty on the University of Michigan campus will explore the impact that climate change will have on the health of future patients worldwide and advance the study of behavior change and the psychology behind climate change.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mass casualty drill teaches life lessons

Nearly 80 college students participating in the University of Florida’s Summer Health Professions Education Program had the opportunity to practice first aid on volunteer victims, played by medical students and residents, during a mass casualty drill.