Rethinking the Mission of Medical Schools
As the U.S. girds for an influx of newly-insured patients under health reform, attention is shifting to whether medical schools are producing doctors that meet the country’s health care needs. Helping to spark this debate is a recent study that ranks U.S. medical schools in a new, provocative way: on the extent to which they produce doctors who practice primary care, work in underserved areas, and are minorities.
Photo Post: Jones-Mele Debate
From our very own Kay Campbell, here are some photos from last week's debate on the future of journalism. I think they capture the excitement and energy of the afternoon perfectly.
Debating the Future of Journalism
In a digital world, are investigative reporting and hard-hitting journalism endangered, or just evolving?
Why Tweet? Because Blattman Says So
The concept of going somewhere online that you otherwise would not is exactly what I like about social media. We don’t have time to scour the internet, so why not rely on other people who have similar interests to direct us to interesting news we would otherwise miss. Plus, tweeting is a great exercise in communicating in soundbites—you can’t tell the whole story, you just need to make me want to know more.
Debunking the “Model Minority” Myth
In this first-ever issue of a major public health journal devoted to Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations, an array of new research highlights alarming disparities.
Opportunity: “NY Times’ Scientists at Work”
One thing about the transformed world of news and information that is quite different from the past: you now have more opportunity than ever to get your story out. This is good news, and all it takes is a brief blog post—ideally with some photos or video. Check this out: The New York Times has started a blog, Scientists at Work allowing you to report about your own research in the field.
Tapping New Resources for Global Health Innovation
"It’s just one sign of many that U.S. government attitudes towards global health are changing. Like many at the second Partnering for Global Health Forum, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next."
Honoring Environmental Research That Could Change the World
This month, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement recognized two extraordinary conservationists grappling with precisely these issues. Dr. Laurie Marker of the Cheetah Conservation Fund and Dr. Stuart Pimm of Duke University will join environmental superstars like E.O. Wilson and Jane Goodall as Tyler Prize Laureates. (Burness works with the Tyler Prize.
Confronting America’s Primary Care Shortage
The shortage of primary care providers is well-publicized. But, as studies in the May issue of the health policy journal Health Affairs point out, recruiting more primary care doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician's assistants to fill that void is only part of the solution.