Founded at Columbia University in the early 2000s, narrative medicine asserts that asking and responding to patient’s questions in a dignified, compassionate, and generous way requires a clinician to have not only have medical know-how, but narrative intelligence and dedicated training.
Numbers from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) show that just 0.3 percent of enrolling medical students between 2000 and 2020 were aged 40 or older. Montana’s Marie Elwood was a 39-year-old mother of seven when she started. A University of Washington med school grad and new family medicine resident, this is the story of how she made it happen.
Like it did in the late 1990s, the recent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is likely to have disastrous consequences for the nation’s health care and medical education networks. For the Afghani medical community—both those who stay and leave—the path forward is uncertain.
For decades, young physicians in the United States have entered the medical workforce woefully underprepared to deal with, and treat, opioid addiction. Though recent years have seen addiction medicine receive increasing recognition and support, opioid overdose numbers continue to skyrocket.
Nearly 50 years after NASA sent its first ‘space doctor’ into orbit, Jonny Kim, a decorated former Navy SEAL and Harvard-educated physician, is setting his sights on the Moon. If he makes it, history will follow.