It’s crucial that medical professionals learn to collaborate.
It’s all too common for health professionals and departments to slip into silo mentalities.
Volunteering for global health experience is a common way of gaining clinical observation experiences for medical school applicants. This, and other opportunities to get close to the practice of medicine, also have unintended consequences.
A winning medical school application requires stories about observing clinical care. But applicants’ quests to get clinical experiences have unintended and surprisingly far-reaching consequences.
Expectations of prejudice and discrimination can lead LGBTQ+ patients to avoid seeking health care.
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Though some LGBTQ+ health care providers may try to separate their personal and professional identities, the prejudice they experience highlights their queerness in the clinic.
The future of virtual learning? In Canada, doctors and nurses are engaged in professional development studies alongside design engineer students in Italy.
Courses designed to foster peer-to-peer learning in virtual spaces can yield research insights across disciplines.
It’s time to make caring doctors the norm, not the exception.
Medical students’ backgrounds often reflect the diversity of local communities, which can allow them more access and trust for vaccination efforts.
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One university is showing how the vaccine corps concept can speed up vaccination rates, including launching a large-scale vaccination site staffed by hundreds of students and volunteers.
D.O.s like Sean Conley, physician to the president, can face stigma from people who don’t understand the practice.
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Almost 10% of physicians in the US are doctors of osteopathic medicine, and that proportion is rising. Their medical knowledge matches that of other doctors; the difference is the philosophy behind it.
The Thusong Multipurpose Center in Khayelitsha which will serve as a COVID-19 site in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Involving senior health science students in the everyday practice helped address the workload in facilities, improved quality of patient care, and increased patient and staff satisfaction.
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Many white health students - our future doctors, nurses and health workers - find learning about the ongoing health impacts of colonisation on Indigenous Australians confronting. But it’s vital.
To achieve diversity in medical schools, we need to look at the stories behind the numbers.
After death, your body can contribute to medical research and knowledge.
Dissection also plays an important role in introducing students to death. It provides moral and ethical training for students as well as a humanistic approach to patient care.
Professor Bongani Mayosi was a gifted researcher.
South African Professor Bongani Mayosi was a great mentor to many. Losing him to mental illness is a reminder that we are all human.
Grey’s Anatomy’s portrayal of trauma experiences is far more dramatic than in real life.
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A new study compared fictional patient experiences in Grey’s Anatomy with real trauma cases. It concluded patients who are fans of the show might have unrealistic expectations of medical care.
Private medical schools in the Caribbean promise low fees and tropical beach locations, amongst other benefits.
Competition for spaces is driving Canadian undergraduates to medical school in the tropics. And there are risks - for student career prospects and Caribbean health systems.
Students ponder the meaning of Jinamoom by Peggy Griffiths at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.
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Can empathy be taught to students in the healthcare professions? A groundbreaking project is using visual art to ensure they pay attention to the whole person, not just the disease.
More leadership is needed to tackle universities’ crises.
South Africa must address the root factors contributing to nationwide protests in the higher education sector or face dire consequences
Critical dialogue could help South African universities get back on their feet.
When students are genuinely listened to and understood, and their proposed solutions to problems are taken seriously, real change can happen in university faculties.
A little girl in Sudan gets treated by physiotherapist Fatima Mohamed.
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Many medical disciplines have started encouraging their students to embrace lessons from the arts and humanities. Physiotherapy is lagging behind.
If a majority of med students come from privileged backgrounds, how are they to understand their patients who don’t?
About two-thirds of Australian medical students come from affluent backgrounds. Only one in ten from low socioeconomic status backgrounds.
Public health isn’t a standard part of medical school curricula.
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Today’s medical students are tomorrow’s doctors, and they need to understand public health to better help their patients.