Academic research can be a solitary pursuit, cloistered in clinics and labs physically—and intellectually—distant from patients.
But what if the patients themselves worked the science? Helped test the equipment and trouble-shoot the computer interface? What if they “broke” things and helped with the “fix”?
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Hala Durrah's 11-year-old daughter has survived two liver transplants and a bout with lymphoma. Managing her medical affairs was all-consuming for Durrah, who, as a patient advocate at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland, draws on her experience to help other families survive their own medical odysseys.... Read More
Alex Djuricich, M.D., is associate dean for Continuing Medical Education & Med-Peds residency program director at Indiana University. In this conversation, he chats with Dennis Jolley from University of Utah Health Sciences about social media in medicine as a tool for engaging with colleagues, students and patients. Follow them both on Twitter at @MedPedsDoctor and @dsjutah and download the Twitter 101 guide for physicians at goo.gl/9WRee7.... Read More
Can you teach empathy? How much time should med students spend in the classroom vs. hands-on learning? Why does every med student fear the match? Second year Jefferson Medical College student Marissa Weber weighs in.... Read More
Patients must be involved in their own care to improve quality and control costs, but we need their voice in how we run our business. Their experience will drive how we deliver care more efficiently and effectively.... Read More
Health care as an industry has found itself at a pivotal "moment of truth" and leaders in academic medicine must step up to the plate to help find solutions during a challenging era of transformation, the president of the Association of American Medical Colleges said on Saturday.
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What's a great way to capture the idealism of medical students? Hotspotting. Find out how students are helping the country's most at risk patients. An interview with Clese Erikson with the AAMC's Center for Workforce Studies.... Read More
President Obama's health care reform simply won't work, said Arnold Relman, M.D. , former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and professor emeritus of medicine and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. His complaint: It doesn't go far enough.... Read More
Imagine a health care system with zero falls, no medication errors and not a single death from a hospital-acquired infection. Upholding health care's "do no harm" oath isn't easy in today's modern hospitals. In 1999, a landmark Institute of Medicine report found that as many as 98,000 patients died each year from preventable medical errors. Nearly a decade later, a 2010 investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services put that figure closer to 180,000 patients for Medicare beneficiaries alone, and estimated the annual hospital care costs for these events at $4.4 billion. ... Read More