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March 2014

AAMC Reporter

In the News

Medical Education Leaders Worried White House Budget Will Worsen Doctor Shortage, Slow Research

President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal is causing concern that cuts to Medicare funding and stagnant financial support for NIH could exacerbate looming physician shortages and impede medical research.

Report Highlights Approaches to Advance Health Systems

A new AAMC report shows that academic medical centers are expanding through affiliations and mergers and broadening their regional presence and the clinical services they provide.

Technology in Academic Medicine: Telemedicine Gains Traction in Practice, Advances Against Barriers

While studies demonstrate telemedicine’s efficiency, significant barriers—particularly around physician reimbursement—continue to slow wider adoption.

More Than a Diagnosis: Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals Address Patients’ Spiritual Needs

In the past 20 years spirituality has gained more prominence as an important aspect of patient care. Medical education has reflected this shift, with more that 75 percent of U.S. medical schools incorporating spirituality topics in their curricula.

A Beautiful Form of Distraction: Teaching Hospitals Bring Live Music to the Bedside

Live music is accompanying patient care at a number of medical schools and teaching hospitals. Different from music therapy, recreational hospital music programs improve the quality of the time patients spend in a health care facility.

Author Q&A: Pediatrician Promotes Early Childhood Development Through Reading Initiative

Pediatrician and writer Perri Klass, M.D. supports childhood literacy through her involvement with Reach Out and Read, a national organization of doctors and nurse who “prescribe” books to kids.

Research at Medical Schools, Teaching Hospitals Tackles Science of Concussions

Nearly 4 million people each year in the United States experience concussions. Research at medical schools and teaching hospitals is unlocking the mysteries associated with these injuries and improving treatment options.

In Every Issue

A Word From the President: Measuring This, Measuring That: Measuring What Is Important

AAMC President and CEO, Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.

In recent years, the number of organizations issuing reports on hospitals and physician quality performance only has increased, with the result that these reports sometimes present conflicting conclusions.

Viewpoint: Rebooting Primary Care From the Bottom

In an effort to improve patient care and reduce costs, a Las Vegas health care organizations is taking a “bottom-up” approach to primary care by abandoning fee-for service payment models and providing team-based preventive care.

About the Reporter

The AAMC Reporter (ISSN 1544-0540), the association's flagship news publication, covers major programs and initiatives at the AAMC and member institutions, as well as the broader issues that affect the academic medical community.

Each month, the AAMC Reporter informs the academic medicine community with articles on conferences and meetings addressing critical issues; enlightens with timely features on topics as diverse as medical student community service, women's health education, and affirmative action; notifies constituents of upcoming AAMC events; and alerts readers to future shifts in the ever-changing medical education and health care environments through analytical articles written by experts in the field.

Contact AAMC Reporter

Amy Davis
Managing Editor
Telephone: 202-828-0489

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