Category Archives: Brainstorms

It’s Time for Innovation in How We Pay for Medical School

By Joanne Conroy, MD There is a tremendous amount of handwringing among students, workforce researchers, and medical school deans about the record amount of debt that medical students incur—more than $175,000, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. This … Continue reading

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Baylor Alliance: Innovative Transformation in Action

By Joanne Conroy, MD Health care reform is challenging academic medicine to reinvent itself as we seek to sustain our missions of clinical care, education, and research. Although the external world may think we are excruciatingly slow to change, pressing … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution That Matters

By Joanne Conroy, MD Admit it: You made one or more New Year’s resolutions. Many of you committed to losing weight, working out more, and organizing your life. Any resolution that makes you healthier and happier is great. But have … Continue reading

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Top 10 Posts of 2013

In case you missed them, here is a roundup of our Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2013: 1. Proposed U.S. Allopathic and Medical Schools, by James E. Lewis, Ph.D. 2. Matching the Unmatched: The Role of the Medical Student Career Advisor, … Continue reading

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Pay-for-Performance Programs Ignore True Human Motivators

I often listen to books on CD during long trips in the car. They’re a great way to catch up on reading and provide the added bonus of letting me avoid the mind-numbing “hit list” of pop tunes on the … Continue reading

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October First: A Date to Show that Everyone Matters

By Joanne Conroy, MD If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.― Warren Buffett My friend Barb is 58 years old. She … Continue reading

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Changing the Way We Think

By Joanne Conroy, MD “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” ― Albert Einstein Academic medicine and, frankly, most of medicine is changing how we think about delivering care. The effective, integrated application … Continue reading

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A “Bundle” of New Learning Resources for Health Care Providers

By Joanne Conroy, MD For many practitioners, a bundle is either: One set price for cable, phone, and TV A myocardial conduction system A software program that automatically handles formatting, paginating, indexing, and collating of documents into a printable PDF. … Continue reading

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Changing Our Optics on Innovation in Academic Medicine

By Joanne Conroy, MD Several years ago, we observed the emergence of the role of Chief Innovation or Transformation Officers at academic medical centers across the country. These roles were created as deans and CEOs realized that incremental adjustments were … Continue reading

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The Medicare Maze: Observation Stays, Nursing Home Costs, and “Invisible Patients”

By Joanne Conroy, MD We have all been traveling and have found ourselves party to a conversation because of proximity or bad cell phone etiquette. Some of these conversations are irritating, but I was looped into an interesting one the … Continue reading

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