Reinventing the Third Year of Medical School at UCSF

By Jennifer J. Salopek

In the late 1990s, the Office of Medical Education at the University of California San Francisco Medical School realized that the third-year curriculum, largely unchanged since the late 1890s, had to be transformed. Ann Poncelet, MD, who headed up the task force charged with the work, offers a dismal look back:

“Under the old apprenticeship model, we had a fragmented learning environment that offered no authentic role for students or for patients,” she says. “The result was a loss of patient-centeredness and moral erosion: Bright, skilled, empathetic doctors were not coming out the other end.”

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Bringing Design Thinking to Health Care Innovation

By Alexander Bolt

Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin are collaborating on an innovative new project called the Design Institute for Health.

“This Institute will systematically use design and creativity to create better health outcomes at lower costs, increase value in the health care system, and improve the lives of patients and providers,” said Beto Lopez, who will serve as managing director. Continue reading

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What Is Wing of Zock About? The Answer in a Picture


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Human–Cyborg Relations: Coming Soon to a Medical School Near You

By Kirsten Ostherr, PhD, MPH

Much ink has been spilled in recent months over the ostensible threat posed by artificial intelligence. Inspired by Nick Bostrom’s best-selling book, Superintelligence, New York Times columnist Nick Bilton imagines a doomsday scenario in which “a medical robot, originally programmed to rid cancer, could conclude that the best way to obliterate cancer is to exterminate humans who are genetically prone to the disease.” This nightmare vision taps into long-standing debates about the role of technology in medicine. Critics pit the healing power of human touch and the intuitive capabilities of human sense perception against the cold rationality and rigid binarism of computer logic. But computers are here to stay, and it’s not a zero-sum game.   Continue reading

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The Missing Narrative on Making Healthcare Affordable

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By Neel Shah, MD, MPP and Jordan Harmon, MHA

We founded Costs of Care in May of 2009 with (we admit it) a highly literal, and seemingly uncreative name.

As it turned out, our name, buoyed by exceptional timing, may be responsible for catapulting Costs of Care onto the national scene. In May 2009, healthcare reform was at the top of the new President’s agenda and the phrase “costs of care” was being searched on the Internet thousands of times per day. Before long, our registered domain name——floated to the top of the Google search rankings. Within months, our fledgling website was brimming over with visitors who were trying to understand why healthcare costs in the United States are so irrational and opaque. We also started to hear from patients, nurses, physicians, and other health professionals who were seeing the consequences of this opacity everyday on the frontlines of clinical care. Continue reading

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Henry Ford Health System Leads the Pack on Teaching Interpersonal Communication Skills

By Alexander Bolt

As interpersonal communication skills become more important to resident training, institutions are looking to incorporate more of these skills into their curricula. Leading this pack is Henry Ford Health System. The Henry Ford Health Institutional Curriculum has five Objectively Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) that focus on giving first-year medical trainees structured interpersonal communication training. Continue reading

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Data Is the New Oil

By James McDeavitt, MD

I recently was given the opportunity to represent Baylor College of Medicine at the Association of American Medical Colleges as part of a year-long conversation on becoming a “Learning Health System”.

At the inaugural event, I heard from others around the country examples of substantive efforts to harness the power of academic medical centers to improve the care delivery system and the health of populations. Continue reading

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Wing of Zock “Chart Review” Blog Carnival, April 2015 Edition

chart_review (2)Ah, springtime—a time of new beginnings. As we await the delayed arrival of daffodils and warmer temperatures, settle down to read some great posts from March.

Match Day certainly represents a new beginning. Is there anything more exciting? Students and institutions have their varied ways of celebrating Match Day; many have recorded them in blog posts. The University of South Florida memorialized “match madness” at the Morsani College of Medicine with a blog post featuring video, photos, interviews, and much more. A slide show on Flickr accompanies the post. Thanks to Elizabeth Peacock, digital media manager in the USF Health Office of Communications, for sending it along. Continue reading

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