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Thursday Morning Memo: ‘Why do you care so much?’

A recent encounter with a patient got clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health Hugh Silk thinking about what makes us special in family medicine when we just simply care about our patients. How can caring be so unusual in medicine and such a surprise for patients—especially those who are very vulnerable? Food for thought.

Deans Flotte and Seymour-Route tout the role of advanced practice nurses in meeting primary care needs

Terence R. Flotte, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, and Paulette Seymour-Route, PhD, RN, MS, dean of the Graduate School of Nursing, envision better care and lower costs as a result of teamwork between physicians and advanced practice nurses.

Innate immunity symposium convened at UMMS

Members of the international research community convened at UMMS for a symposium in honor of Douglas Golenbock, MD, PhD, hosted by the Department of Medicine’s Program in Innate Immunity.

Colleagues and friends join Cellucci Tribute Road Race Saturday to benefit ALS research at UMMS

Gov. Patrick is scheduled to be on hand on Saturday, Aug. 2, to welcome participants to the inaugural Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race. The event celebrates the late Gov. Paul Cellucci’s many years of distinguished public service and benefits the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund.

Ferguson: Partnerships with correctional systems can improve care, advance research

More academic health centers should partner with correctional facilities to improve clinical care, and advance education and research, according to an Academic Medicine commentary co-authored by Warren Ferguson, MD, a correctional health expert at UMass Medical School.

NEJM study on robotic bladder surgery may surprise surgeons, Yates tells Reuters

Jennifer K. Yates, MD, comments on the surprising results of a new study comparing robotic bladder surgery to traditional open surgery.

UMMS to serve as host institution of international assistive technology research program

UMass Medical School is one of two American universities to serve as a host institution in a European Union funded research program focused on developing new technologies to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability.

Expert’s Corner: Infertility common but diagnosis, treatments have improved

In this Expert’s Corner video, obstetrician/gynecologist and reproductive medicine pioneer Julia Johnson, MD, gives an update on infertility incidence, causes and diagnosis, and talks about improved success rates for today’s infertility treatments.

DNP drug users risk ‘literally baking to death,’ Boyer tells Reuters

Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, explains to Reuters how the drug DNP, or 2,4-Dinitrophenol, breaks the body’s cycle of making and storing energy and instead releases it as heat.

High school standouts get a taste of medicine

The High School Health Careers summer program at UMass Medical School is giving high-achieving local teens a firsthand education in what health and science careers entail.

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