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Hitting Your Funny Bone Isn't Funny

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 09.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

When you hit your funny bone, you can feel an electric shock (tingling/numbness) in the hand and forearm. You're really not hitting the funny bone alo...

Foot Drop

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 09.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

What is foot drop? Foot drop is the inability to raise the front part of the foot due to weakness or paralysis of the tibialis anterior muscle that li...

History In Medical Education And The Roots Of Knowledge

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

By Dr. Magdalena Slosar-Cheah I first became interested in the history of medicine in middle school, when my seventh-grade science teacher lent me he...

The Evolution Of Medical Education

Dr. Stephen Ondra | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Dr. Stephen Ondra

Once we understand what is required of the education mission, we can assess the alternatives for how these vital functions can be funded in a more straightforward, understandable and purposeful way.

The Doctor's Dilemma

Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. | Posted 04.13.2016 | Education
Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.

Unfortunately, there is not a single, quick solution to this challenging public health issue. Rather, it will take a sustained, collective effort across multiple sectors.

Stethoscope, Instrumental in Medical Care, Dies at 200

Ali Ansary | Posted 04.01.2016 | Technology
Ali Ansary

Stethoscope, the versatile, resourceful, companion of all in a white coat died today. It was 200 years old. An insightful instrument that always provi...

What in the World Is LGBT Cultural Competence, Anyway?

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Lack of provider education is only a small piece of the problem that keeps our community from seeking health care and receiving high quality treatment.

We Have Too Many Specialists and Too Few General Practitioners

Allen Frances | Posted 01.21.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

The promise of high tech medicine has never been greater, its actual performance has never been worse. We need to balance the real wonders and exaggerated hype of advancing medical science with a common sense appreciation of its risks and costs.

Why Isn't Learning About Public Health A Larger Part of Medicine

The Conversation US | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Clinical medicine can treat patients when they are sick, but public health provides an opportunity to prevent disease and poor health. But too often, medical students don't get to learn about public health, or how to use it when they become doctors. That means many of today's students aren't learning about health care in a broader context.

Sustainable Global Health Demands Connections

Steph Thompson | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Steph Thompson

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA - I danced with a Dominican plastic surgeon one night in Panama, and it all made sense: what really needs to happen to ensure qual...

3 Issues That Should Be a Part of the Health Care Debate

Sai Balasubramanian | Posted 10.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Sai Balasubramanian

In what has been declared by many as a "crisis," the American health care landscape has been undergoing a vast array of changes over the past decade. ...

What Medical Schools Do Today

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 10.06.2016 | Education
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

It seems obvious: medical schools are where you go if you want to become a doctor. But in addition to teaching the next generation of physicians and surgeons, they also do so much more--especially now in the age of Obamacare.

Virtual Reality: How Patients, Doctors and Athletes Will Be Educated

Kevin R. Stone, M.D. | Posted 09.30.2016 | Science
Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

Soon, nearly everyone will have a VR device, or use one regularly. The well of content is rising, and the cost is dropping; only the execution of the various applications is limiting exponential growth.

The Need for Global Health Education in Medical Training

Pooja Yerramilli | Posted 08.31.2016 | Education
Pooja Yerramilli

The increasing global burden of chronic diseases presents a unique opportunity to redirect our focus toward health systems strengthening both in LMICs and at home, with the dual purpose of controlling both infectious and non-infectious diseases

'Please Empathize With Me, Doctor!'

Allen Frances | Posted 08.24.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

We need to combine the science of medicine with its art and to get our doctors and our patients back in sync. Medical schools are finally beginning to recognize this and are revising their entrance test to place more emphasis on the social, not just the biological sciences. It is crucial that we make medicine more humane.

What It's Like Living With Synesthesia

Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H. | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H.

Synesthesia in its true sense is not a mental health condition, artificially-induced condition, nor anything more than an inheritable trait, much like hair color and height.

How Techonomy Bio Inspired My Southeast Asian Healthcare Journey

Techonomy | Posted 06.04.2016 | Technology

Better health data is certainly needed in Southeast Asia. While some speakers and audience members at Techonomy Bio complained about electronic medical records in the United States, clinics and pharmacies in many Southeast Asian countries still use paper logbooks and receipts.

Medicare Reform Paves Way for Better Health Care

Robert M. Wah, M.D. | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Robert M. Wah, M.D.

On April 14, history was made. America's physicians commend members of Congress for coming together in a bipartisan, bicameral way to pass long-overdue, monumental Medicare reforms to end the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment policy and create a framework for a more stable and sustainable Medicare program.

An Affair of the Heart: The Untold Story of Google Glass in Cardiology

Jordan Safirstein, MD | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Jordan Safirstein, MD

As more people began to experiment with Glass, one could sense a shift in opinion about Glass and the criticisms were growing louder. I had seen the signs, and now my worst fears were being realized.

Balancing the Patient Experience with Evidence-Based Medicine

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

Recently, Dr. Peter Kramer published an intriguing, well-written, but poorly reasoned and potentially dangerous "thought piece" in the New York Times. His article, "Why Doctors Need Stories," contains several logical flaws and erroneous arguments, but the overarching concept is a classic "straw man" argument.

The Oncology Crisis

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

Although only a sub-set of the population of medical students will choose cancer as their specialty, it is essential that all medical students have a basic understanding of the biological, social, and psychological issues surrounding cancer and its treatment.

Dare to Be 100: Stanford MDs 2018

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Every year about this time in the fall a bunch of us Stanford medical types get together to evaluate potential med school applicants. Physicians, surg...

The Myth of the Rational Health Care Consumer

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

In a rational model of health care, the consumer must have the ability to distinguish bad products from good, and must have enough information and emotional distance to make purely rational choices about their or their loved ones' health care. There are a number of reasons this simply is not the case.

Medical Education: Capitalism's Next Frontier?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Starting a new school is an expensive proposition, which may explain the modest number that have opened in the past decade. But now the private sector may be coming to the rescue by creating proprietary -- or profit-making -- schools to train physicians.

The Global Search for Education: Ticks - More from Norway

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

C.M. Rubin, Dr. Richard Horowitz, and Siw Hansson at the NorVect Global Tick-borne Diseases Conference in Oslo Complicated problems usually have m...