Why Storytelling Matters in Medicine: An Interview with Dr. Suzanne Koven

Dr. Suzanne Koven, primary care physician and Writer in Residence at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses narrative medicine and the increasingly popular use of storytelling to benefit both patients and healthcare providers.

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Future Leaders of Medicine Making a Difference Today

Social Media (#SoMe) has become a global phenomenon with more than 73% of adults actively engaged online. Specific to healthcare, these applications are being included with ever increasing frequency as a complement to both patient treatment and medical training. Furthermore, #SoMe has permitted medical innovators to transcend traditional limits and collaborate via methods previously unexplored. These platforms will only become more influential in the healthcare sector as more people around the world gain internet access.

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The equity and poverty reduction benefits of vaccines

Vaccines can play a large role in promoting equity and reducing poverty. Researchers recently developed analytical methods to examine the potential distributional impact (across socioeconomic groups) and poverty reduction impact (decrease in the number of cases of medical impoverishment) of vaccines in low- and middle-income countries. Vaccines were found to have large pro-poor benefits: they could reduce health disparities in populations, as vaccine-preventable deaths averted would be more important among the lowest than among the highest socioeconomic groups; and, they could prevent a large number of cases of medical impoverishment, largely concentrated among the poorest socioeconomic groups. Vaccines could cost-effectively contribute to reducing health disparities and poverty in developing countries.  

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Building an Effective American Public Health Infrastructure to Combat the Opioid Crisis and Other Substance Use Disorders

Not a day goes by currently without at least some mention of the current opioid crisis and seemingly never ending increases in heartbreaking overdose deaths. Although this tragedy has taken center stage receiving a fairly constant media spotlight, the opioid specific focus is occurring in the context of a broader enduring and endemic problem related to alcohol and other drug use disorders.

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Moving Forward from the Flint Water Crisis: An Interview with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, pediatrician and director of the Hurley Medical Center's Pediatric Residency Program, discusses the Flint water crisis and the work that remains to be done.

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The Importance of Caring in Caregiving: An Interview with Dr. Sandeep Jauhar

Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, cardiologist and director of the Heart Failure Program at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, discusses the challenges faced by caregivers and the importance of putting people first in the process of providing care. 

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De-escalating Health Care by Expanding the Right Access

The solution is not to limit access indiscriminately, but to improve access to appropriate care—to “right-size” health care. Insurers, physicians, and policymakers each have a role to play in helping patients access the right environments, the right personnel, and the right services. 

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