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Fueling the "Maker Movement"

Academia is hierarchical, a space where faculty are judged by the size of their NIH grants and research portfolios. But entrepreneurs can have just as great an impact on patient care and the bottom line¿and who better to tinker and dream than students?... Read More

AAMC 2014: Choose Wisely: Reducing Medical Waste

How can the field of medicine eliminate waste when students aren't being trained on the best practices to do so? Dr. Vineet Arora tells us about the Choosing Wisely Challenge: a contest that involves everyone from medical students to department chairs in improving patient care at lower costs. ... Read More

AAMC 2014: Literary Spotlight: Breaking Ground

Founded by Salman Khan in 2006, Khan Academy is a non-profit provider of online educational resources for many topics. About 18 months ago, and with insight from the 2012 AAMC annual meeting, Khan Academy began assembling content to help pre-med students prepare for MCAT2015. ... Read More

AAMC 2014: Dealing With Disrespect: How Medical Students Cope

UCLA medical school works hard to make sure a culture of respect is present: not just for those at the highest levels, but for the lowest first year students as well. We spoke to two fourth year students about how the system works, and what other institutions can learn from UCLA's example. ... Read More

AAMC 2014: Khan Academy takes Medical Education Online

Founded by Salman Khan in 2006, Khan Academy is a non-profit provider of online educational resources for many topics. About 18 months ago, and with insight from the 2012 AAMC annual meeting, Khan Academy began assembling content to help pre-med students prepare for MCAT2015. ... Read More

AAMC 2014: A Handbook For Health Care

Medical students learn a lot about healing in school, but not the business of being doctors. Dr. Nathan Moore talks about how that led him to write the "Healthcare Handbook" all about the things they don't teach young docs, but they should. ... Read More

AAMC 2014: Medicine in 140 Characters: How can Twitter Advance Research and Care?

Twitter isn't just for Justin Bieber fans anymore. More and more doctors are using the microblogging service to find each other, and to share research. University of Utah Hospital Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs Sean Mulvihill, M.D., spoke with Emory University's Richard Duszak, M.D., (@RichDuszak) about all that can be accomplished in 140 characters or less. ... Read More

AAMC 2014: Engaging Non-traditional Advocates and Voices

Wayne State University created a program called the Medical and Political Action in the Community (MPAC) program to train students to be advocates for the university. MPAC currently has more than 120 first and second year medical students engaged in advocacy. ... Read More

AAMC 2014: What Motivates Someone To Go Into Medicine?

Disruptive physician behavior was a big topic on day one at the AAMC convention. After Lorris Betz's, M.D., Ph.D., talk on physicians behaving badly, we asked two medical students what their experience was with this issue. Tyler McKinnish and Faraz Alizadeh talk about what constitutes mistreatment and why they're optimistic about the future.... Read More

AAMC 2014: Can Physicians Learn to Listen to all Patients?

Alan Alda gave the keynote address at this year¿s convention of the Association of American Medical Colleges. His message - make sure you know your patient's story. Brenda Rogers, M.D., at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine, told us two funny examples of how not getting the patient's story got in the way of providing the best care.... Read More

AAMC 2014: How do you Shift Culture in a Difficult Circumstance?

What if you couldn't discipline disruptive physician behavior toward medical students because they technically don't work for you? That's what the University of Arizona Medical School is facing, as they deal with physician mentors not directly employed by the school. Jennifer Allie talks about how they are going about dealing with this challenge without losing their input, and why the students are an integral part of the plan. ... Read More

AAMC 2014: What's the Big Picture?

There are lots of topics being discussed at this year's convention of the Association of American Medical Colleges. So, what's the takeaway? We asked those at the heart of the issues: the medical students. ... Read More