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Image Sharing App Figure 1 Improves Access to Medical Education

Figure 1, the Instagram for doctors, aspires to change the way that physicians around the world collaborate. Figure 1 is a free app for sharing medical images. The vast collection of archived images allows health professionals and medical learners to view everything from classic textbook cases of winged scapula to the once-in-a-lifetime cases of harlequin ichthyosis. Dr. Joshua Landy is the chief medical officer of Figure 1. Landy, along with co-founders Greg Levey and Richard Penner, officially launched the app in January 2013.

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Leading the Change in the Culture of Medicine: Breaking Ground at AMSA Training Grounds

On November 22, several hundred premedical and medical students gathered at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Training Grounds. It was the second Training Grounds sponsored by AMSA this fall, with the topic of “Leading the Change in the Culture of Medicine.” Although a popular topic being addressed throughout all of medical education, Dr. Jeff Koetje, AMSA’s Education and Research Director, clarified that AMSA Training Grounds is unique. “These conferences provide a safe place for students to learn about these topics away from their home institution,” Dr. Koetje said. “Students can come here and discover that they are not alone.”

Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, gives his rousing plenary address. Photo courtesy of AMEE.

Medical Students as Change Agents: The Next Step from AMEE 2014

In his rousing and intermittently aggressive plenary address to the thousands congregated last week at the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Excellence in Education conference in Milan, Richard Horton bemoaned the stagnation of modern medical education, implicating everything from the ivory-tower universities of old to the world health care economy for the plummeting decline of medical education. “Two percent of total expenditures in medicine are invested on education,” the editor-in-chief of The Lancet …

Physicians as Leaders: APAMSA Regional Conference Coverage

On March 29, 2014, the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) hosted the “Becoming Physician Leaders in APIA Health” Regional Conference at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. Medical students from multiple medical schools in Wisconsin, Illinois and Kansas attended the conference. The conference was to raise awareness and advocate the most pressing health issues APIA population in the United States face today, and to promote leadership among Asian Pacific American medical students. The …

Ultrasound Technology: Anatomy and Pathology Education Come to Life at WVU

For students at West Virginia University School of Medicine, studying anatomy now consists of more than just furiously comparing textbook images to a cadaver. In addition to their traditional dissection-based coursework, they also learn anatomical structures from a living patient using ultrasound technology. Pioneered by Dr. Joseph Minardi, director of the emergency ultrasound fellowship at the WVU School of Medicine, the MD curriculum has begun integrating ultrasound education into all four years of its program. …

New and Future Approaches to Medical Education

Medicine is “no longer what the doctor wants,” Dr. Lynn Crespo said. “It’s what the patient wants and needs.” Crespo, Associate Dean for Education at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville (USCSOM-Greenville), believes that medical education should reflect this change. USCSOM-Greenville, which opened its doors to students in 2012, is one of many new medical schools that is changing the way that physicians-in-training learn their profession. For decades, teaching medical students in the United States has relied on a tried-and-true method: two years of lecture-based …

Dr. Valerie Williams delivering the AAMC Chair’s Address entitled "Leading the Dance of Change" at the association’s 124th 
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“Leading the Dance of Change” at the AAMC Annual Meeting: Bhangra is the Future of Medicine

In her address entitled “Leading the Dance of Change” at the 2013 AAMC Annual Meeting, Dr. Valerie Williams characterized the American health care system as a dance, a fitting metaphor for the complex interplay of fluidity and form that are necessary for the practice of medicine. Dance, like health care, involves “a true and equal partnership between the acts of leading and following,” said Williams, requiring balance, learning and the ability to improvise. Regrettably, the …

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No More Paper Syllabi: iPads in Every Pocket at Rush

When first-year medical students at Rush Medical College sat down to take their cell and molecular biology block exam this past September, they were not handed stacks of stapled paper. Rather, the students received a single sheet of paper with instructions on taking the exam on their iPads. This change, however, did not catch any student off guard. At the beginning of this academic year, Rush Medical College joined the ranks of other medical schools …

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Competency-Based Medicine: Why it Matters and How it Will Affect You

On October 4 – 5, 2013, the American Medical Association hosted the “Accelerating Change in Medical Education Conference” in Chicago, IL., bringing together leaders in the realm of medical education for discussions aimed at “closing the gap between current physician training and the needs of our evolving health care system.” In attendance were two in-Training editors, Emily Lu and Jarna Shah, who reported on the conference and offer their in-depth medical student perspectives on the …

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AMA Med Ed Conference: A Broad Vision for the Narrowing of Medical Education

On October 4 – 5, 2013, the American Medical Association hosted the “Accelerating Change in Medical Education Conference” in Chicago, IL., bringing together leaders in the realm of medical education for discussions aimed at “closing the gap between current physician training and the needs of our evolving health care system.” In attendance were two in-Training editors, Emily Lu and Jarna Shah, who reported on the conference and offer their in-depth medical student perspectives on the …

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“Milestones”: Inspiration for the Next Generation of Medical Education

On October 4 – 5, 2013, the American Medical Association hosted the “Accelerating Change in Medical Education Conference” in Chicago, IL., bringing together leaders in the realm of medical education for discussions aimed at “closing the gap between current physician training and the needs of our evolving health care system.” In attendance were two in-Training editors, Emily Lu and Jarna Shah, who reported on the conference and offer their in-depth medical student perspectives on the …

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Emily is a Class of 2014 medical student interested in health policy and underserved medicine. At Pritzker, she has done research in quality improvement in primary care and mobile messaging for diabetes care management. Before she came to medical school, she studied biology and philosophy at the University of Chicago, and worked in the nonprofit world, doing fundraising and pro bono consulting work.