AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 Sep 4

Here are the highlights from the current issue:

An Associated Press article distributed nationally this weekend began, “Don’t call today’s young doctors slackers. True, they may shun a 24/7 on-call solo practice and try to have a life outside of work. Yet they say they’re just as committed to medicine as kindly Marcus Welby from 1970s TV, or even grumpy Dr. House. The practice of medicine is in the midst of an evolution, and millennial and Gen X doctors seem to be perfectly suited for it and in some ways may be driving it. The federal health care law is speeding some of these changes, too.” The article discussed how young physicians are embracing both technology and teamwork.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120903/LIFESTYLE03/209030320#ixzz25QCkbvAi <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575424:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

An article last week in the Cleveland Plain Dealer discussed the use of electronic health records for medical research. The article reported that “…a team of data experts at MetroHealth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic Innovations spinoff company Explorys has shown just how powerful such medical records can be: In three months, they’ve replicated a major medical study that took a Norwegian team 14 years to research and report. And they’ve done it at a fraction of the cost, with a sample about 40 times as large. The local effort, led by MetroHealth Chief Medical Informatics Officer Dr. David Kaelber, was possible because of Explorys’ database of 14 million electronic medical records gathered from 12 major health systems.”

http://tinyurl.com/969plor <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575429:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

An article posted by Slate and reprinted in Sunday’s Washington Post asks, “Is a Science Ph.D. a Waste of Time?” The author, a Montreal-based writer and neuroscientist, clearly believes the answer is no.

http://tinyurl.com/9hxzy84 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575434:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

The full list of announcements is below.

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An Associated Press article distributed nationally this weekend began, “Don’t call today’s young doctors slackers. True, they may shun a 24/7 on-call solo practice and try to have a life outside of work. Yet they say they’re just as committed to medicine as kindly Marcus Welby from 1970s TV, or even grumpy Dr. House. The practice of medicine is in the midst of an evolution, and millennial and Gen X doctors seem to be perfectly suited for it and in some ways may be driving it. The federal health care law is speeding some of these changes, too.” The article discussed how young physicians are embracing both technology and teamwork.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120903/LIFESTYLE03/209030320#ixzz25QCkbvAi <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575424:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

The New York Times on Saturday reported, “Two lawsuits that accused the president of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of absconding with groundbreaking research from the University of Pennsylvania to start a biotechnology company have been settled. As part of the settlement, the biotechnology company, Agios Pharmaceuticals, entered into a licensing agreement covering certain intellectual property with the University of Pennsylvania, according to a news release issued late Friday by Agios and Penn. Both lawsuits will be dismissed in their entirety, according to a second news release from all the parties involved. Other terms of the agreement were confidential.”

http://tinyurl.com/d5s9u22 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575425:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

http://www.agios.com/media-news-releases.php <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575426:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

Uwe Reinhardt, an economics professor at Princeton, posted an essay on the New York Times web site, titled, “From Physician Glut to Physician Shortage.” He discussed issues related to the difficulty of modeling the ideal physician-population ratio for the U.S.

http://tinyurl.com/9jypbm2 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575427:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

An Associated Press story distributed this weekend discussed the difficulty baby boomers are having in finding primary care physicians, especially if they decide to retire in rural communities.

http://tinyurl.com/9kx54ro <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575428:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

An article last week in the Cleveland Plain Dealer discussed the use of electronic health records for medical research. The article reported that “…a team of data experts at MetroHealth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic Innovations spinoff company Explorys has shown just how powerful such medical records can be: In three months, they’ve replicated a major medical study that took a Norwegian team 14 years to research and report. And they’ve done it at a fraction of the cost, with a sample about 40 times as large. The local effort, led by MetroHealth Chief Medical Informatics Officer Dr. David Kaelber, was possible because of Explorys’ database of 14 million electronic medical records gathered from 12 major health systems.”

http://tinyurl.com/969plor <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575429:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

Tuesday’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette featured an article on some of the challenges of performing surgery in space. The article reported, “In the weightlessness of space, an appendectomy, removal of a gall bladder, cuts or wounds, or even the pulling of a tooth would contaminate the spaceship with blood, tissue and bodily fluids. Gravity, as it turns out, is an important surgical tool that helps to confine bodily fluids. But a team of [Pittsburgh area] researchers is working to solve the problem. Its astro-surgical tool, known as an Aqueous Immersion Surgical System, uses water pressure in a watertight containment area to control bleeding and prevent blood, fluids and tissue from floating away. With no blood bank available in space, the device also could recover an astronaut’s blood during surgery for reuse in the patient.”

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/science/local-researchers-count-down-to-space-surgery-651750/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575430:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

The Wall Street Journal reported last week on the “structural shift that is sweeping through health care in the U.S.—hospitals are increasingly acquiring private physician practices. Hospitals say the acquisitions will make health care more efficient. But the phenomenon, in some cases, also is having another effect: higher prices.” The article further reported, “As physicians are subsumed into hospital systems, they can get paid for services at the systems’ rates, which are typically more generous than what insurers pay independent doctors. What’s more, some services that physicians previously performed at independent facilities, such as imaging scans, may start to be billed as hospital outpatient procedures, sometimes more than doubling the cost. The result is that the same service, even sometimes provided in the same location, can cost more once a practice signs on with a hospital.” A separate article posted on the WSJ’s health blog reports that such price differentials may be short lived.

http://tinyurl.com/8kyeby2 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575431:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>  (subscription may be required) http://tinyurl.com/8tqnpmk <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575432:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

Tuesday’s Washington Post featured a Kaiser Health News article about addiction and the failure of many physicians to address the problem with their patients. According to the article, a recent report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University “found that most doctors fail to identify or diagnose substance abuse ‘or know what to do with patients who present with treatable symptoms.’ Only about 10 percent of the 22 million Americans with a drug or alcohol problem receive treatment, the report found.” The article highlighted efforts of the American Board of Addiction Medicine to increase the number of physicians with addiction treatment training. According to the article and the report from CASA, “Of the 985,375 practicing physicians in the United States, only about 1,200 are trained in addiction medicine, a scarcity of skills that poses a ‘formidable barrier’ for patients…”

http://tinyurl.com/d8rde77 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575433:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

An article posted by Slate and reprinted in Sunday’s Washington Post asks, “Is a Science Ph.D. a Waste of Time?” The author, a Montreal-based writer and neuroscientist, clearly believes the answer is no.

http://tinyurl.com/9hxzy84 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575434:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

The Las Vegas Review-Journal featured an article on Tuesday on “what to do about University Medical Center.” According to the article, the county-owned teaching hospital, an affiliate of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, “has been hemorrhaging money for years, and many agree that taxpayers can’t keep subsidizing the facility at current rates much longer. What commissioners decide – hand off management to someone else, find new sources of funding or find a different way to care for the poor – probably will have a long-lasting effect on health care in Southern Nevada.”

http://www.lvrj.com/news/clark-county-commissioners-deciding-how-to-reverse-umc-s-bleeding-budget-168430096.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575435:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

Amy McGuire, J.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine, has been named director of BCM’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. She has served on the BCM faculty since 2004 and as associate director of research for the Center since 2009. She succeeds Dr. Baruch Brody who served as director of the Center for 30 years http://tinyurl.com/cvat42y <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575436:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

Chemistry professor Dr. F. Jon Kull, a professor of chemistry, has been named dean of graduate studies at Dartmouth College, succeeding Dr. Brian Pogue. Dr. Kull assumed the position on August 15. According to a Dartmouth release, “Kull joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2001 and has taught undergraduate courses in chemistry, biochemistry and biophysical chemistry in addition to supervising graduate students in the chemistry department and the molecular and cellular biology programs.”

http://thedartmouth.com/2012/09/04/news/kull <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17575437:20251926282:m:1:1612442508:4370A7F2B158967415D40F9EE6EF6711:r>

 

CORRECTION: A Colorado Springs Gazette article cited last week incorrectly characterized the planned medical education program involving the University of Colorado Health’s lease of the Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs. The University of Colorado School of Medicine will develop a clinical branch campus in Colorado Springs (subject to LCME approval).

 

Tony Mazzaschi

AAMC

 

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