Category Archives: Research

Of Billionaires, Jellyfish, and Pond Scum: What Really Matters in the Debate Over the Future of Research

By Ann Bonham, PhD On March 15, 2014, The New York Times Sunday edition published a front page story by William J. Broad,“Billionaires with Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science.”The piece drew nearly 500 comments on the Times’ website in … Continue reading

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Balancing the Ethical with the Financial in Medical Research Funding

By Philip A. Cola The United States government allocates billions of dollars annually to training physician scientists and funding medical research. But what are the ethical and motivational considerations of the scientific knowledge transfer necessary to advance the clinical practice … 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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How Medical Research (Almost) Saved Your Life

By Atul Grover, MD Originally posted as a Second Opinion article on September 17, 2013 This fall, Congress has returned to face what seems like an endless repetition of fiscal issues that our nation’s leadership can’t seem to resolve.  The … Continue reading

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Ahead of the Curve: Making the Move to PAs and NPs

By Michael J. Dill AAMC’s Center for Workforce Studies recently published its study, “Survey Shows Consumers Open to a Greater Role for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners” in Health Affairs. With rapidly rising health care demand in the United States … Continue reading

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The Case for an Open Discussion of Mental Health in Medical Education

By Allison Griffin “Being a good doctor is about more than scientific knowledge. It also requires an understanding of people,” said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Kirch was referring to the … Continue reading

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Critical Agility: Focusing Strategic Attention in the Research Enterprise

By Rand Haley What should guide the strategic focus of university and academic medical center research enterprises as they strive to strengthen their contributions to institutional and societal missions, attractiveness to leading faculty and students, and competitiveness? I propose a … Continue reading

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How Will We Treat This Generation’s Henrietta Lacks?

By Ann Bonham, PhD Today, in some community, a 31-year-old African-American woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer. On average, she will present with her cancer at a younger age, develop a more aggressive tumor type, present at a more … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect – Even When It Comes to Presenting Scientific Data

By Oscar K. Serrano, MD One of the things I admire most about surgeons is the critical nature with which they scrutinize their work. This self-criticism and striving for constant improvement is, perhaps, what attracted me to surgery in the … Continue reading

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Mind the Measures

Editor’s Note: On Monday, the AAMC released the details of a new research evaluation initiative. This blog, originally posted on The Scientist, frames the issues at stake. More information and related reports are available at By Ann C. Bonham, … Continue reading

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