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Can Cuban Medicine Help Solve American Inequality?

Bright Magazine

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Nearly a hundred Americans are studying medicine at Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), where they are taught preventive medicine to treat the underserved.

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A Prescription for More Black Doctors

The New York Times

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On average, black students in public schools receive fewer resources giving them a late start. A mostly black university in New Orleans has increased overall achievement by developing students’ shared responsibility for one another’s success.

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Cuba's Focus on Preventive Medicine Pays Off

International Reporting Project

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Cuba’s emphasis on public health, primary care, and training thousands of medical professionals has resulted in health successes and lessons for other countries.

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In Foster Care, Treating the Trigger

WNYC

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Underlying or repressed pain can often be a trigger for children in the foster system. A team at NYU's Child Study Center trains foster care workers to recognize and treat the signs of past trauma in children.

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UCSF Doctors, Students Confront Their Own Unconscious Bias

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The UCSF medical curriculum now uses a new unconscious bias approach after realizing the traditional diversity training from the ’80s and ’90s didn’t work.

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What if we prescribed video games, and not Ritalin, to treat ADHD?

Bright Magazine

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Game inventors have created a new game to help students who suffer from ADHD and other mental problems develop and stimulate their brains in a safer, more targeted way than normal medicines.

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New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test

The New York Times

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Miscommunication is the leading cause of medical errors, so medical schools in the U.S. are testing aspiring doctors' communication and team work abilities during admissions.

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For Young Saudi Women, Video Games Offer Self-Expression

NPR

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In Saudi Arabia, female gamers were barred from gaming conventions so an all-female gaming convection was born, offering women a place of self expression and encouraging careers in science and computer programming.

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Medicine's Search for Meaning

The New York Times

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Medicine is in crisis; doctors face early burnout. Medical education contributes: it creates doctors who don’t show emotion. But The Healer’s Art, a medical school course delivered in an unconventional manner, reminds doctors that they and their patients are above all, human.

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Who Will Heal the Doctors?

The New York Times

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Bureaucracy in the health care system causes burnout among doctors. A new medical course, the Healer's Art, is being offered across the nation, which helps doctors reconnect to the humanity of their work and maintain their commitment for it.

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