May 11, 2015 |
For more than a century, medical education in the United States has meant learning how to practice medicine and how to do research to make medicine better. But that could be changing. Given the need for more primary-care physicians, the shortage of certain specialists, and the belief that medical schools boost local economies, 36 institutions have opened across the country in the last 20 years. That growth "has been accompanied by a shift toward new medical-education models where research plays a minimal role," according to a paper published recently in Science Translational Medicine.
June 15, 2014 |
Medical education is in a crisis. According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, half of 4,287 students surveyed at seven medical schools experienced burnout and 10 percent expressed suicidal ideation. And doctors aren't much better off; a second study in JAMA Internal Medicine of 7,288 physicians showed that almost half had experienced some symptom of burnout. The public image of doctors hasn't fared well, either. While the popular notion of doctors was once the wise and avuncular Marcus Welby, M.D., more recent portrayals tend toward Dr. Gregory House, a brilliant but annoying know-it-all with a decided God complex.
February 23, 2014 |
In 2011, toward the end of his second tour of duty, U.S. Air Force Capt. Jonathan Wood was a valued asset to the mission. As a skilled intelligence officer, he monitored radio transmissions, analyzed data, and mapped targets, providing critical information used to combat terrorist cells in Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, and a few posts he is not at liberty to disclose. "I felt important," Wood said. And that self-satisfaction disturbed him. "Something was missing. " Two years later, instead of supporting the killing side of peacekeeping, he is studying to be a healer.
January 5, 2014 |
Concetta Harakal, 90, of Haverford, professor emerita of pharmacology at Temple University Medical School, died Friday, Dec. 27, of a heart attack at Devon Manor. Dr. Harakal began her career at Temple University School of Medicine in 1951 and over the next 50 years became a professor of pharmacology, course director of both the dental and medical school pharmacology programs, and director of pharmacology graduate studies. Even after becoming a professor emerita in 1995, she remained active on the admissions committee, and continued to lecture and attend pharmacology classes.
July 12, 2013 |
Joseph Lahoda grew up poor during the Depression on a Susquehanna County, Pa., farm, and his summer work on roads wasn't enough to pay for college. So after he served in the postwar military in the 1940s, he used the GI Bill to help pay for college and medical school bills. That still wasn't enough. So he rejoined the military for several years to complete his medical education on the way to becoming a civilian physician. On Sunday, July 7, Joseph G. Lahoda, 87, of Cinnaminson, a South Jersey obstetrician and gynecologist from 1964 to his retirement in 1997, died at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center of complications from a neurological disease.
May 14, 2013 |
The contestants sat clustered in teams, viewing the game board projected on the classroom wall and waiting to pounce on a buzzer if they knew the answer. This was clearly no match for amateurs. "What is the average volume of the adult cranial vault, plus or minus 200 ml?" asked Bernie Lopez, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's own Alex Trebek. The Pen Is Mightier - an all-male team of first-year emergency medicine residents, who took their name from a Saturday Night Live skit - was the first to buzz in. It had 10 seconds to answer.
November 21, 2012 |
The governing boards of Rutgers University on Monday approved absorbing most of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, a major step in the overhaul of the state's higher education system. The Board of Governors and Board of Trustees accepted the changes called for in a law signed by Gov. Christie in August. "The new Rutgers will expand biomedical research across our state, enhance medical care for our citizens, and create new opportunities in the biotechnical and pharmaceutical industries," Ralph Izzo, chairman of the Board of Governors, said in a statement.
July 25, 2012 |
A mail room without mailboxes. A library with few hard copies of books and magazines. Gleaming metal tables for dissecting cadavers, with flat-screen monitors overhead. And just one lecture hall, which its users will try to avoid as much as possible. These are just a few hallmarks of the changing way that new doctors will learn their trade, at least in Camden. Tuesday marks the grand opening for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and its new, publicly funded, $139 million building.
March 14, 2012 |
It was the sort of encounter between a doctor and patient that, unfortunately, happens all the time. This time, though, the patient was a psychologist's daughter and her experience led to research that is changing medical education. The girl, then 13 years old, and her mother went to a pediatric cardiologist because of heart palpitations. A long wait in the exam room amplified their worry. The doctor finally arrived and, without exchanging a greeting, said the girl needed to wear a heart monitor every day for a month.
January 23, 2012 |
Robert J. Schaefer, 79, of North Wales, a public relations executive who collected warm clothes for Korean orphans while in the Army, died of a heart attack Sunday, Jan. 8. Mr. Schaefer earned a bachelor's degree in 1954 from La Salle College, where he was editor of the school paper and in later years served on the college's board. After graduating, he joined the Army and, after training in Oklahoma, was sent to Korea as a communications officer with the Seventh Infantry Division.