Since this is the start of a new school year, it might be helpful for new college students, new graduates, and their parents to think about some of the things that I have observed in my professional career. And while this is written from my experience, I can also tell you that most of the other college professors I know also agree with what I am going to say here.
We all have experienced interminable meetings: the hour-long meeting to accomplish 10 minutes' worth of work, or the meeting that seems to have no purpose. Whether on the department level or the larger institutional level, inefficiently run meetings consume inordinate amounts of our time and energy.
In a perspective piece recently published in Academic Medicine, my coauthors and I argue that our nation's leading AHCs, and the federal programs that support them, must make fundamental changes -- both in how they provide care and how they train the next generation of health care professionals -- to provide the kind of leadership our health care system needs now.
During the late 1980s, my mother heard a radio report about an educational method called "homeschooling." At the time, it was framed as a predominantly religious response in the U.S. to the secularization of schooling. But what mom saw was an opportunity to spend more time raising her children in the way she believed to be best.