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Key Findings from 2015 AAMC Public Opinion Research

Every few years, the AAMC publishes results from research assessing public perception of medical schools and academic medical centers. The 2015 research recently concluded. Bill McInturff, co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies (POS), presented a summary of the findings at the AAMC’s Learn · Serve · Lead conference in Baltimore.... Read More
What Threatens Compassionate Health Care?

What Threatens Compassionate Health Care?

“When we have a question, we ask Siri. ‘How can I help you?’ she says…I fear this is becoming a metaphor for doctors themselves,” says Brian Hodges, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC, speaking about humanism in medicine at the annual conference of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He asks, “Are we on our way to becoming the ‘digital doctor?’” With all the advancements that technology and cutting-edge machinery bring to healthcare, it can also slice away at opportunities for compassion and patient bonding.... Read More

Equity must play role in health care transformation, says AAMC Board Chair Peter Slavin

"The simple truth is that we cannot achieve quality without addressing inequality," said chair of the AAMC Board of Directors and president of Massachusetts General Hospital Peter L. Slavin, M.D., in a stirring address to colleagues who had gathered in Baltimore for the AAMC’s annual meeting. Slavin challenged the audience to take responsibility for creating not just a health care system-but also a society-that is more just. ... Read More

Diversity and Inclusion: It's Everyone's Responsibility

Ana Maria Lopez is the associate vice president for Health Equity and Inclusion at University of Utah Health Care. But she says if people look to her alone for answers when it comes to diversity, they'll miss out. Here's what she says all institutions should know about establishing an inclusive environment. ... Read More

Teaching the Teachers: The Group on Faculty Affairs

What if you asked faculty to embrace dramatic change but didn't offer any training? As care providers, we take care of patients but didn't have a good system in place to take care of ourselves. Thomas Viggiano is with the Board of Directors at the AAMC and discusses the formation of the Group on Faculty Affairs and how they're making a difference. ... Read More

Darrell Kirch: Why Medicine Needs to Embrace Change

Our success hinges on our ability to embrace change, says Darrell Kirch, M.D., president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). What will move us into the future, Kirch believes, is not more resources but rather a willingness to create a unified vision and a readiness to move forward into new models. ... Read More

How can we help teachers teach?

Michael Barone is a pediatrician with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an associate dean of faculty development and he says support for teachers was lacking at his institution. So what did his school do about it? They created an ambitious program to help teachers teach. ... Read More

Stop Talking, Start Listening

Doctors give advice, but sometimes the smartest way to improve the health of a community isn't prescriptive, it's more about listening. Aaron Byzak with University of California San Diego Health says his system decided to stop talking and start listening. What they learned changed the way they do business. ... Read More

Student Voices: What is it about the third year of medical school that creates so much stress?

They're expected to spend their lives taking care of patients but who's making sure they're ok? Brianna Lide is a third year medical student at Texas A&M who says med students are optimistic the first two years of school, but around the time year three hits, a few things happen that have a profound impact on shaping future attitudes. What is it about that third year and what can be done about it? Find out more. ... Read More