UChicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine calls for discussion on ratings system as it withdraws from U.S. News rankings

The Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago announced that it will not participate in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Medical Schools” ranking next year due to concerns about the publication’s methodology and the impact the ratings system has on ensuring equity in medical education.

FAU, Broward Health to Partner on Academic Medicine

FAU and Broward Health on Monday announced a partnership agreement that will provide academic medicine to Broward County, and opportunities to collaborate in the areas of education, clinical training and practice, health services administration and research.

International policy adviser, epidemiologist Dr. Saad Omer selected inaugural dean for UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell School of Public Health

Internationally recognized epidemiologist Saad B. Omer, M.B.B.S, Ph.D., who currently directs the Yale Institute for Global Health, has been appointed the inaugural Dean of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

$50M Perot family gift expands UT Southwestern’s Medical Scientist Training Program

The Perot family, The Perot Foundation, and The Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr. Foundation have provided a transformative $50 million endowment for UT Southwestern’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), among the nation’s elite programs that provide graduates a dual M.D./Ph.D. degree to strengthen the advancement of laboratory discoveries into the clinical arena. Funding will provide a permanent endowment for the Perot Family Scholars Medical Scientist Training Program – one of just 54 M.D./Ph.D. training programs in the country supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Lynne Holden, M.D., Named Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Albert Einstein College of Medicine has appointed national diversity innovator and emergency medicine physician Lynne M. Holden, M.D., senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion (D&I). Dr. Holden, a member of Einstein’s faculty since 1996, is an accomplished leader both within her medical discipline and in her efforts to help diversify the medical workforce.

FAU Receives $28 Million Scholarship Gift to Support Medical Education

FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine received an estate pledge of $28 million from John and Ann Wood to support scholarships for medical students. This is the largest scholarship gift in FAU’s history and the largest known scholarship gift to a Florida public university’s medical school.

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Has First ‘Match Day’

The students from the inaugural class are among an estimated 44,000 who found out today where they will “match” through the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP). In the COVID-19 era, they were unable to gather in person, due to social-distancing recommendations. Instead, the students today celebrated Match Day® by tearing open their envelopes – then toasting one another from afar, via video conferencing, with champagne flutes sent to them by the School.

From Foster Care to Medical School, Aleksandra Hussain Overcomes Obstacles in Her Pursuit of Helping Others

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School first-year student Aleksandra Hussain spent years in the foster-care system after her parents, who were immigrants, were unable to return to the United States. Aleksandra took on the responsibility of caring for herself and her sister. This experience helped her become more focused on achieving something better for herself and she pursued a career in medicine, striving to care for underserved communities.

Philanthropist Michael Greenebaum Named Vice Chair of University of Maryland School of Medicine Board of Visitors

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, along with UMSOM Board of Visitors Chair Cynthia Egan, announced today that Michael Greenebaum, a prominent business leader and philanthropist who has served on the UMSOM’s Board since 2012, has been named Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors.

New Era of Partnership Between Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medicine

Dr. Ari Berman and Dr. Philip Ozuah signed a new agreement between Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medicine launching a joint Yeshiva University-Einstein BA/BS-MD program for highly qualified high school graduates ensuring their path to an excellent medical education and an impactful career in healthcare. Yeshiva University and Einstein with Montefiore’s approval have also created a task force to study the creation of joint academic and career-related programs in the fields of healthcare and health sciences.

New Era of Partnership Between Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Ari Berman and Dr. Philip Ozuah signed a new agreement between Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medicine launching a joint Yeshiva University-Einstein BA/BS-MD program for highly qualified high school graduates ensuring their path to an excellent medical education and an impactful career in healthcare. Yeshiva University and Einstein with Montefiore’s approval have also created a task force to study the creation of joint academic and career-related programs in the fields of healthcare and health sciences.

American College of Academic Addiction Medicine Announces Bruce Hammond, Jr., as Executive Director

The American College of Academic Addiction Medicine (ACAAM) today announced the appointment of Bruce E. Hammond, Jr., CAE, as Executive Director, effective January 1, 2021. Mr. Hammond will step into the new position following the long-planned end-of-year retirement of Kevin Kunz, M.D., M.P.H., DFSAM, founding ACAAM President (2008) and Executive Vice President since 2013. ACAAM was formerly known as The ABAM Foundation and The Addiction Medicine Foundation.

Earle Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H., Appointed Director of Research in Department of Family and Social Medicine at Einstein and Montefiore

Earle Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been appointed director of the division of research in the department of family and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. In this role, Dr. Chambers will help determine the priorities and focus of the department’s research agenda and manage the resources available for the research faculty. He is currently an associate professor of family and social medicine and of epidemiology & population health, and a member of the leadership team for the New York Regional Center for Diabetes Translation Research at Einstein.

Nation’s Newest Physicians Graduate Virtually in the Midst of COVID-19

The 63 members of the class of 2020 recited the Hippocratic Oath in unison, virtually, as they were conferred the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. More than half the class will start their residency program in a state that is currently considered a hotspot for COVID-19. Seven are headed to New York; others will be going to New Jersey, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Louisiana and Texas. One of the most popular residencies among FAU’s class of 2020 is emergency medicine; eight of the 63 graduates (13 percent) will begin training in emergency medicine this July.

UNC School of Medicine Ranked First for Primary Care for Third Straight Year

For the third year in a row, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine was ranked first in the country for primary care education as a part of U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

National Study: Medical Students Become Less Empathic Toward Patients Throughout Medical School

The nationwide, multi-institutional cross-sectional study of students at DO-granting medical schools found that those students – like their peers in MD-granting medical schools – lose empathy as they progress through medical school. However, the DO (or osteopathic) students surveyed lost their empathy to a lesser degree than their MD (doctor of medicine) peers.

Mayo medical student jump-starts school curriculum to identify victims of human trafficking

As human trafficking evolves as a health concern, medical schools are starting to include the topic in education. However, it’s still in the early stages, says a Mayo Clinic study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The research was led by third-year medical student at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Jennifer Talbott, who suggested that human trafficking training be included in the curriculum at the school.

More medical students are telling their schools about their disabilities, and schools are responding, study finds

The percentage of medical students who told their schools that they have a disability rose sharply in recent years, a new study shows. Medical schools made changes, called accommodations, for nearly all medical students who disclosed the fact that they have a condition that qualifies as a disability, the study also finds.