By Ulfat Shaikh, MD
As a pediatrician, I make it part of my personal continuing education goals to keep up with the latest in children’s entertainment. Big Hero 6, Disney’s latest animated feature film, did not disappoint. It introduced me to Baymax, a potential future health care colleague I can look up to. Continue reading Personalized Medicine, Disney Style
By Jennifer J. Salopek
Do doctors who eat better provide better care? Tim Harlan believes they do. Educating medical students and residents about healthy foods and their preparation is central to the mission of the Goldring Center for Culinary Education at Tulane University, which Harlan directs. Both a trained chef and a doctor, Harlan is committed to showing future doctors—and the patients and communities they serve—that good-for-you foods can taste good too. In a high-fat, high-salt, high-alcohol environment like New Orleans, where the obesity rate is five points higher than the national average, that’s a crucial message to get across.
Continue reading Tulane Medical Students Learn About Health As Well As Health Care
By Marc Nivet, EdD, MBA, and Jennifer J. Salopek
As educational institutions seek to address the looming doctor shortage in the United States and to create a physician workforce that more closely resembles the patient population, programs that help to create diverse and inclusive environments—such as high and middle school pipeline programs—can help us to meet these goals. Medical students across the country have worked to create programs in their communities that open up the possibilities of careers in medicine. This work must be encouraged, promoted, and replicated.
Continue reading Innovative High and Middle School Programs Can Increase Pipeline Diversity
Originally posted December 2, 2014
By Rebecca Bausinger
Heading into Section 8 housing – also known as “the projects” – our hotspotting team was not sure what to expect. Our task ahead was daunting — we had yet to enroll any of our four required patients. This would be my first home health experience. For a health care provider, going into a patient’s home can be nerve-wracking if you are not used to it. I was glad to have two of my teammates by my side.
Continue reading Notes From The Hotspotters: Trouble At Home
Originally published October 6, 2014
By Sonya Collins
This summer marked the launch of the 2014 Hotspotting Mini-Grant Project. The initiative, a collaboration between Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers (CCHP), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and Primary Care Progress (PCP), gives health professional students an unprecedented hands-on opportunity to learn and practice an innovative model of health care delivery called hotspotting.
Continue reading Health Care Professional Students Learn to Hotspot
By George Thibault, MD
In 1978, primary care leaders from around the globe met in Alma Alta (now part of Kazakhstan) and declared that all patients should have the “right and duty to participate individually and collectively” in planning and implementing their health care. Thirty six years later, US health care leaders continue to wrestle with how to meaningfully achieve that goal in this century. Although great strides have been made to fix, reform, transform and revolutionize US health care, we have been less effective at making sure those who care, learn, teach or work within that system can truly partner with patients. Continue reading Partnering with Patients, Families, and Communities: An Urgent Imperative for Health Care
By Jennifer J. Salopek
Amid frosted glass walls and brightly colored furniture, the meeting attendees cautiously approach the tables stocked with Post-It notes, crayons, Play-Doh, and duct tape in neon colors. Although the purpose of these supplies might be obvious to people familiar with design thinking, their usefulness is less apparent to the folks gathered at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC, in late July. This is the first meeting of the Design Team on Healthy Aging, which is being held at Sibley’s brand-new Innovation Hub. The attendees, Sibley employees and representatives of local community organizations, will participate in a rapid 90-day iteration process to develop a new product or service.
Continue reading Hopkins Leverages Innovation Hub Model at Sibley Hospital
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 complete high school. Even after taking income or race into account, educational attainment, or the years of schooling an individual has, remains one of the strongest social determinants of health.
People with more years of schooling don’t just prosper. They live longer. They exercise more, eat healthier food, don’t smoke, get regular health care, and have better health outcomes. College graduates live at least 5 years longer than people who do not finish high school. Continue reading If I Could Do One Thing to Make the World a Healthier Place