An article featuring medical schools that aren’t doing enough to prepare doctors to treat opioid addiction references UMass Medical School’s proactive approach to training medical students to combat the opioid crisis.
A study by Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, found that being on statin therapy did not significantly reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk in postmenopausal women newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Kristina M. Deligiannidis, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, is conducting a study using an iPhone app and saliva samples from patients to help determine if there are genetic differences that make some women more prone to peripartum depression.
A survey done by UMass Medical School for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts found that one-third of medical professionals did not fully carry out the wishes of their dying patients according to relatives surveyed. The survey will be discussed by the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, a consortium of health organizations working toward improving end-of-life care.
Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about a new study which found that patients taking a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) for spondyloarthritis (SpA) are not at increased risk for cancer.
In advance of the UMMS 2016 InKNOWvation panel on gene therapy, Chancellor Michael F. Collins discusses UMass Medical School’s world leading efforts in the fields of gene therapy, neuroscience and RNA biology.
Gaurav Rajpal, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology & perioperative medicine, comments on a recent study which found that patients receiving liposomal bupivacaine (Exparel, Pacira) injection after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) spent less time in the hospital and were significantly less likely to need to go to a rehabilitation center after discharge.
A survey done by UMass Medical School for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts found that one-third of medical professionals did not fully carry out the wishes of their dying patients according to relatives surveyed. The survey will be discussed by the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, a consortium of health organizations working towards improving end-of-life care.
Fourth-year medical student, Waldo Zamor, SOM ’16, was named by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as one of its “29 Who Shine” graduates for 2016.
Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s acting commissioner of public health, explains that local Zika infections likely wouldn't arise in New England in the near future but that existing mosquito control projects can further minimize risk.
Michele Pugnaire, MD, senior associate dean for educational affairs and professor of family medicine & community health, explains how medical simulation programs are used to teach new techniques and skills to medical students and health professionals.
A story about incorporating “patient-reported outcomes” into clinical care includes comments from Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, about the Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement (FORCE-TJR) registry and how it’s used to collect patient information to measure the success of joint replacement surgery.
A study by Mayra S. Tisminetzky, MPH, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, shows that the proportion of low-risk survivors of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) increased from 2001 to 2011.
Matilde Castiel, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine and Worcester commissioner of Health and Human Services, talks about the steps being taken locally to reduce fatal opioid-related overdoses.
Robin Clark, PhD, professor of family medicine & community health, explains that there is no evidence that lifetime limits on opioid prescriptions imposed by nearly a dozen states reduces costs or cuts down on diversion of the drug onto the street.
An article about Boston Children’s Hospital opening $12 million pediatric Simulation Center references the extensive simulation experience at the Interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation at UMMS.
Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics at UMass Medical School and professor of medicine, explains how scientists at MassBiologics are developing a pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents tick-transmitted infection of Lyme disease, a breakthrough that could lead to seasonal prevention against the most common tick-borne infection in North America.
An article about the challenges facing mental health workers in the field of correctional psychology includes comments from Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry.
Amy K. Weinstock, director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center, will be presented with the Martha Zeigler Founders Award during the Federation for Children with Special Needs annual gala May 13 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston.
A story about the 20th anniversary of the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative includes comments from Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, vice provost and professor of cell & developmental biology and Robert Layne, director of outreach programs and the pipeline coordinator. First-year medical student Marian Younge, SOM ’19, and second-year medical student Jonathan Quang, SOM ’18, both former pipeline students, were also quoted in the story.