Category Archives: Commentary

The System Under Stress: Testing the Physician-Patient Relationship

By Sagar Patel, MD; Arush Singh, MD; and Sachin H. Jain, MD Authors’ Note: This piece focuses on the VA Health Care System.  Thousands of medical students and residents rotate to the VA and as such it is one of … Continue reading

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Health Wonk Review: Polar Vortex Edition, July 2014

Okay, so the vaunted summer polar vortex didn’t exactly bring the expected plummeting temperatures this week, but at least the oppressive humidity is lessened. Along with that refreshing change, some fresh thoughts from our Health Wonkers: Over at InsureBlog, Henry … Continue reading

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Trustees Can Improve Diversity Stewardship in Higher Education

By Marc A. Nivet and Anne C. Berlin Originally posted June 5, 2014 Often the discourse on the role of boards in diversity leadership begins and ends with board composition. This is still an important cause, as it brings broad … Continue reading

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Tackling Misperceptions About Med Student Debt

By Julie Fresne I read with interest the recent Wing of Zock posting, “It’s Time for Innovation in How We Pay for Medical School.” While I’m encouraged that this post addressed the important topic of medical education cost and debt, … Continue reading

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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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A Letter to Myself, Future Resident, on Dealing with Myself, Current Medical Student

Originally posted May 5, 2014 By Lindsay Heuser Dear (future) self, I imagine that you’re busy right now. Like really busy. Like the coffee-driven, adrenaline-fueled, sleep-deprived kind of busy that you experienced to a lesser degree in medical school except … Continue reading

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If I Could Do One Thing to Make the World a Healthier Place

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD Originally posted May 18, 2014 As a pediatrician, it is sobering to realize that the factor with the highest impact on my young patients’ health is not a clinical breakthrough. It is whether they and their parents … Continue reading

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No Dignity Required: Improving Patient Engagement by Elevating Humanity

By Lisa Goren All it takes is a single visit to the doctor’s office to place one’s pride and self-esteem a dozen notches below baseline. I didn’t think much of my appointment, knowing it was just a routine scan at … Continue reading

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Sex Cells! Addressing Sex Differences in Pre-Clinical Research

By Ann Bonham, PhD Janine Clayton and Francis Collins published an important commentary in Nature yesterday on the need to address sex differences in preclinical research that relies on cell and animal models. They outline some of the steps the … Continue reading

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All Hands on Deck: Standing Up for the Value of Research

By Ann Bonham, PhD This blog is a fitting place to respond to the surge in activity which resulted from last week’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on driving innovation through federal investments in research and development; and this week’s House … Continue reading

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