The form and manner in which health professionals are educated and trained to develop the necessary competencies to serve the needs of the population.

Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction: Reducing The Disparity Through Educational Outreach To The Underserved

Carmen Guerra, MD
Jun. 26, 2020

Olatomide Familusi, Arturo J. Rios-Diaz, Estifanos D. Tilahun, Jessica R. Cunning, Robyn B. Broach, Ari D. Brooks, Carmen E. Guerra, Paris D. Butler

Abstract [from journal]

Purpose: Poor health literacy and awareness are thought to be some of the major contributors to existing racial/ethnic disparities in access to breast reconstruction after mastectomy. This study aimed to determine whether physician led, community-based educational symposium improves understanding of breast cancer care and breast reconstruction in underserved populations.

Methods: Annual educational symposiums were held between 2017 and 2019 in underserved communities in the greater Philadelphia


Clinical Exposure To Cardiothoracic Surgery For Medical Students And General Surgery Residents

Jun. 7, 2020

Maxwell F. Kilcoyne, Chi Chi Do-Nguyen, Jason J. Han, Garrett N. Coyan, Ibrahim Sultan, Michael B. Roberts, Andrea J. Carpenter

Abstract [from journal]

Background: The introduction of integrated 6-year cardiothoracic surgery (CTS) residency programs has shifted recruitment efforts to encompass not only general surgery (GS) residents, but also medical students.

Objective: The aim of this paper is to assess medical student and GS resident clinical exposure to CTS.

Design: Data from the Association of American Medical Colleges Visiting Student Application Service and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education


The Role Of The Interview In Residency Selection: A Mixed Methods Study

May. 20, 2020

Emily K B Gordon, Justin T Clapp, Sarah J Heins, Timothy G Gaulton, Meghan B Lane-Fall, Jaya Aysola, Dimitri Y Baranov, Lee A Fleisher

Abstract [from journal]

Context: Residency programs invest considerable time and resources in candidate interviews due to their perceived ability to reveal important social traits. However, studies examining the ability of interviews to predict resident performance have shown mixed findings, and the role that the interview plays in candidate evaluation remain unclear. This mixed methods study, conducted in an anesthesiology residency program at a large academic medical center, examines how interviews contributed to candidate


Voices in Evidence-Based Newborn Care: A How-to-Guide on Developing a Parent-Facing Podcast

Raina Merchant
Dec. 20, 2019

Joanna Parga-Belinkie, Raina M. Merchant

Abstract [from journal]

Podcasting is becoming a more popular form of media. Its use in medical education is being researched-but what about its use in public education? In this tutorial, the authors offer a how-to-guide on starting a public or patient-facing podcast. The authors hope to inspire more physicians to utilize this type of media to share evidence-based information. More research is needed looking into how podcasting can be used to help with patient education.

Public Libraries as Partners in Confronting the Overdose Crisis: A Qualitative Analysis

Dec. 18, 2019

Margaret Lowenstein, Rachel Feuersteun-Simon, Risha Sheni, Roxanne Dupuis, Eliza Whiteman Kinsey, Xochitl Luna Marti, Carolyn Cannuscio

Abstract [from journal]

Background: The overdose crisis is affecting public libraries. In a 2017 survey of public librarians, half reported providing patrons support regarding substance use and mental health in the previous month, and 12% reported on-site drug overdose at their library in the previous year. Given the magnitude of the overdose crisis and the fact that public libraries host 1.4 billion visits annually, our aim was to understand how libraries currently assist with substance use and overdose and how they can further address these


#Shemergency: Use of a Professional Development Group to Promote Female Resident Recruitment and Retention

Aug. 27, 2019

Utsha Khatri, Jennifer Love, Amy Zeidan, Cindy Hsu, Angela Mills

Abstract [from journal]

Problem: Gender inequity in academic medicine is a pervasive challenge. Recommendations have been implemented to reduce inequities for female faculty. However, there are no well-established guidelines for the recruitment and retention of female residents.

Approach: To address challenges faced by female physicians and support the recruitment and retention of female residents, female emergency medicine residents and attending


Perspectives on State Vaccine Education Mandate Policy and Implementation among Public Health Department Officials: A Qualitative Study

Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP
Aug. 19, 2019

Holden Caplan, Tuhina Srivastava, Kristen A. Feemster

Abstract [from journal]

In response to the increase in non-medical vaccine exemptions (NME), many states have adopted education mandates (EM), required vaccine education for parents requesting NMEs for their school-age children, but these EMs vary greatly in implementation. In order to learn about the administrative aspects of each state's EM, we interviewed fourteen health department officials from nine states with EMs. Interviews were conducted over the phone, transcribed by a professional transcription service, and double-coded using NVivo 12 by two members of the study