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U-M Medical School launches program on health, spirituality and religion

August 21, 2017

Patient-centered care depends on the ability of a provider to effectively communicate with patients regarding the values and the beliefs that are important in their lives. Initiatives such as the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Medical School Objectives Program have helped to clarify the spiritual competencies that should be developed in learners. These competencies include knowing how to apply knowledge about spirituality, faith and religion in patient care; integrating spirituality and an understanding of patients’ religious values into clinical practice; establishing compassion and communication with patients, families and colleagues; and incorporating spirituality into professional and personal development. Given this, the…

Should patients have the ‘right to try’ untested treatments? They already do 

August 17, 2017

Right now, a few severely ill patients at University Hospital are waiting to hear if they’ll get a chance to try some of the world’s most cutting-edge experimental drugs or medical devices. They’re hoping that these unproven treatments might have some effect on their terminal cancers, severe infectious diseases, rare genetic conditions or life-threatening injuries. They also know the treatments might not help at all. But patients are willing to take that chance, and, at U-M and other institutions, care teams are willing to offer them these last-ditch options because other types of care haven’t helped or have stopped working.…

Department of Psychiatry launches Mental Health BioBank

August 16, 2017

A brand new Mental Health BioBank (MHB2) launched within the U-M Department of Psychiatry earlier this summer with the aim of establishing a DNA biobank for mental health conditions. A biobank…

Michigan Medicine hospitals ranked No. 6 in the country by U.S. News & World Report

August 8, 2017

Ranked No. 1 in Michigan and No. 6 in the country, Michigan Medicine’s adult hospitals were recognized among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-2018.…

Mott heart patient fills big role on TV show

August 7, 2017

On his first day at North Star Reach, a camp for children with serious health…

U-M Medical School, AMA co-host student leadership conference

August 4, 2017

The U-M Medical School and American Medical Association (AMA) are co-hosting the “Student-led Conference on Leadership” this weekend in the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building and Taubman Health Sciences Library.The theme of the conference, which has been planned exclusively by medical students from around the country and will be held today and tomorrow, is: learn, connect, empower, impact.The number of participants registered in the event totals nearly 200 and includes faculty and students from 32 institutions that are part of the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium — a collaboration between the AMA and select medical schools to create…

Funding helps U-M probe solutions to opioid epidemic, injuries

August 4, 2017

An opioid overdose. A concussion on the football field. A fall by an aging parent. A motor vehicle crash by a distracted driver texting.These events have one thing in common: They…

Beginning their journey: U-M Medical School welcomes 171st class

July 31, 2017

A diverse class of 177 newly-minted medical students were presented with crisp white coats — bearing the U-M logo — and stethoscopes on Saturday, July 29.…

MCIRCC wins $7.48M in prolonged field care grants

July 27, 2017

Three multidisciplinary research teams from the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care have received research awards from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program. The teams led by Kevin Ward, M.D., Hasan Alam, M.D. and Hakam Tiba, M.D., M.S., will develop next-generation diagnostic, monitoring, resuscitation and stabilization methods for prolonged field care (PFC) and prolonged damage control resuscitation (pDCR). In past years, improvements to the trauma care system have focused on shortening evacuation time from the battlefield to the ICU. However, in future conflicts or mass trauma events, the DoD anticipates that initial evacuation times…