Dec 20 2012
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Human Capital News Roundup: Promoting health professions, generic drug manufacturers, traumatic brain injuries, and more.

Around the country, print, broadcast and online media outlets are covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leaders, scholars, fellows and grantees. Some recent examples:

The Baltimore Times reports on the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, founded in part by RWJF Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) alumnus Alden Landry, MD, MPH. Several weeks each year, the Tour visits college campuses across the country to promote careers in the health professions to students from groups underrepresented in higher education. Read more about the Tour for Diversity here and here.

Jason Karlawish, MD, recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about tests for Alzheimer’s disease. Read posts Karlawish wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog about the disease and the challenges associated with early diagnosis.

Pharmacy Times reports on a perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, co-authored by Investigator Award recipient Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH. It addresses concerns about a proposal to increase liability for generic drug manufacturers for adverse reactions. Read a post Kesselheim wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog about pharmaceutical industry marketing to medical students.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar Adam Reich, PhD, wrote an op-ed for Beyond Chron about Michigan’s recently passed “Right-to-Work” legislation. “The future of the labor movement in Michigan (and around the country) thus has important implications for nurses, orderlies, teachers, and fire fighters,” he writes. “These are the workers who are teaching our kids, who are taking care of our parents and our friends. They are teaching us to read; checking us for bedsores; helping us overcome our fear and uncertainty; keeping us and our families safe. And their interests are our interests. When nurses advocate for lower staffing ratios that allow them to nurse in the ways they know how, we all benefit—emotionally and medically.”

A study led by RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program alumnus Jose Pineda, MD, finds that a program that brings together neurologists, neurosurgeons, trauma and other critical-care specialists to aggressively treat children with traumatic brain injuries results in more survivors and fewer long-term disabilities. Medical XPress reports on the findings. Read more about Pineda’s work.

Tags: Diversity, Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, Health & Society Scholars, Human Capital, Human Capital News, Injury, Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research, Medical, dental and nursing workforce, Prescription drugs, Research, Research & Analysis, Substance use, Summer Medical and Dental Education Program