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Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting is the only meeting where leaders from the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals gather to discuss the future of academic medicine, innovations in medical education and research, and the transformation of patient care delivery. 

Content highlighting key topics from Learn Serve Lead 2017 was published here daily during the meeting (November 3-7).


Sunday, November 05, 2017

Providing Access to Medical Education and Care for All, and the Power of Truth and Science

In the annual leadership plenary at Learn Serve Lead 2017, Darrell G. Kirch, MD, and Marsha D. Rappley, MD, addressed more than 4,500 attendees from the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Health Care Reform Battle Was Tip of the Iceberg: AAMC Advocacy Update

While advocating against repeal and replace proposals, the AAMC also continuously worked on other issues that weren’t in the media spotlight 24/7. 

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Behind Bars and Beyond: Connecting People in Prison to Quality Care

Many incarcerated people face serious health problems and health disparities. At a Learn Serve Lead session Nov. 5, correctional health experts and formerly incarcerated individuals explore how academic medicine can help.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

The CRISPR Gene-Editing Revolution

CRISPR’s “molecular scissors” may eventually help prevent debilitating genetic diseases. Why getting there could be a challenge. A session at Learn Serve Lead 2017 examined the benefits and potential uses of the technology, as well as the ethical ramifications of its use.

Monday, November 06, 2017

AAMC Recognizes Medical Educators, Researchers, and Patient Care Providers

The AAMC honored nine individuals and one medical school for their outstanding contributions to academic medicine at an awards presentation on Sunday, Nov. 5, during Learn Serve Lead 2017: The AAMC Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass.

Friday, October 27, 2017

10 Game-Changing Medical Advances That Happened at Boston Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals

Discoveries include anesthesia, infant formula, organ transplantation, and a key finding for treating AIDS.

AAMCNews Perspectives include commentary from Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO, as well as Viewpoints from members of the academic medicine community. The below articles are Perspectives on topics that will be discussed at Learn Serve Lead 2017.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Improving the Transition to Residency

Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO, discusses how the AAMC is developing tools and services to help medical students apply smarter, their advisors advise smarter, and residency program directors select smarter. Many of the efforts aimed at easing the transition to residency, part of the AAMC’s Optimizing GME(Graduate Medical Education) initiative, will be discussed at Learn Serve Lead 2017.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Suicide Prevention: My Top Clinical Priority

David J. Shulkin, MD, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says to save lives, all of us must #BeThere for veterans in need. Secretary Shulkin met with leaders of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals at Learn Serve Lead 2017: The AAMC Annual Meeting to discuss the importance of academic affiliations in caring for veterans, advancing research, and educating future physicians.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Where Should We Stand on DACA? Flexner Would Answer the Call

Sunny Nakae, MSW, PhD, assistant professor of medical education and the assistant dean for the Admissions, Recruitment and Student Life Office at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, examines where Abraham Flexner, the father of academic medicine, would stand regarding medical students with DACA status. A session at Learn Serve Lead 2017, "Immigration Issues in Academic Medicine," will provide an update on legislative and regulatory actions related to DACA and the executive actions on immigration, among other topics. 

Read more from our plenary speakers and others presenting at Learn Serve Lead 2017: The AAMC Annual Meeting. Speaker Q&As will be added during or immediately after sessions throughout the meeting. 

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

What Happens When Doctors Become Patients? Renowned Writer Anna Quindlen “Jumped at the Chance” to Find Out

Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and acclaimed novelist Anna Quindlen has explored a huge swath of human experience, from the role of race in America to losing her mother to cancer at age 19. At a Learn Serve Lead session Quindlen moderated, four doctors-turned-patients shared their unexpected personal journeys.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Author David Ansell Exposes Inequality's Deadly Influence

In his new book, David Ansell, MD, MPH, shines light on cause and effect between income gap and premature death. At the meeting, Ansell and others discussed how institutions are contributing to local economic stability through nontraditional mechanisms and shared the lessons they have learned and their strategies for making an impact.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Medicine at the Crossroads of Technology and Humanity

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil, Pulitzer Prize winning author, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center, delivered the plenary address on Nov. 6. He discussed the changing role of physicians and medical researchers in the “art of medicine” as new technologies challenge ethical norms and augment the human role in diagnosis and treatment.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Charting the History of American Medicine Through Bellevue

In a new book, author David Oshinsky, PhD, uncovers the history and misconceptions of Bellevue, America’s first public hospital.Oshinsky presented on the history of Bellevue at Learn Serve Lead 2017.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Morality and Medicine: Best-Selling Author David Brooks Explores Character, Culture, and Medical Education

David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author, who served as the opening speaker at Learn Serve Lead 2017: The AAMC Annual Meeting on Nov. 4 shares thoughts on such topics as unconscious bias, the future of health care in this country, and, of course, character.

Learn Serve Lead 2017 will feature several opportunities for exploring the academic medicine’s role in engaging and caring for local communities and in reducing health disparities. The content below highlights some of the programs and initiatives that are addressing these areas at AAMC-member institutions. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Delivering Meaningful, Not Marginalized, Care to the Homeless

A profile of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). James O’Connell, MD, BHCHP president, will present at Learn Serve Lead 2017 about his book Stories from the Shadows, which explores the history of homeless medicine in Boston.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Medical Students, Residents Reach Out to Help the Homeless

Student-run clinics for homeless patients deliver care to vulnerable people and provides important hands-on experience for learners. This article highlights clinics at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Boston University School of Medicine.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Academic Medicine in the News

A selection of content published by AAMC-member institutions which highlights the way the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are engaging and caring for their communities through public health initiatives, pipeline programs, clinics, and more.

Various sessions at Learn Serve Lead 2017 will focus on the opioid epidemic and how medical schools and teaching hospitals are responding to the crisis. Areas of focus include expanding curricula, implementing new patient care interventions, researching the causes of addiction, and possibilities for non-addictive treatments for pain. The content below, previously published by AAMCNews, provides some examples of how member institutions are addressing the epidemic. More information can be found on the AAMC's key issue page.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Academic Medicine's Response to the Opioid Epidemic

See how America's medical schools and teaching hospitals are responding to the opioid epidemic through curriculum, clinical education, patient care, research, and education and public engagement campaigns.

Below are videos featuring speakers from Learn Serve Lead 2017 or on topics discussed at the meeting.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Exploring Medical-Legal Partnerships

Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law, explains the dynamics of a new way to deliver health care.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Launching Women in STEM into Leadership

Laurie Glimcher, MD, President and CEO of the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute and a pioneer in advancing women in STEM, offers insight on expanding the number of women in the sciences.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

For Some, Prison May Open a Window to Better Health

Jennifer Clarke, MD, medical program director for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, explains what you can learn as a prison doctor. "Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice Health and Academic Medicine" will discuss correctional health and what academic medicine is and could be doing to improve the health of the currently and formerly incarcerated and their families.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Holy Graphic Medicine, Batman!

In this video, Michael Green, MD, MS, Penn State College of Medicine, explains the super power comics have to draw clinicians, patients together. A session at Learn Serve Lead 2017 will examine the benefits of using the visual arts in medicine, and provide examples of how three institutions are partnering with art museums to further the goals of medical education.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The Longest Night

Ken Martin, activist and vendor with the Washington, D.C.-based street paper Street Sense, shares his experience and struggle with the U.S. health care system as someone who was once homeless. Learn Serve Lead 2017 will feature a session highlighting the work of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) and the work of Jim O'Connell, MD, president of BHCHP and an international expert on homeless medicine.