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Recently reading two newspaper articles significantly increased my optimism temperature when thinking about our preparation for the future.
First, the New York Times article, “New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test,” outlined a new process medical schools are using to evaluate applicants’ behavior and communications skills before granting admission. While a pleasing bedside manner and an ability to listen have always been treasured traits in the medical profession, such expectations are not always met; the schools know that, too. Today, physicians’ decision-making, patient interactions and cultural competency are increasingly important. In fact, research shows that, despite one’s technical competence, poor communication among health care professionals and their patients can result in bad health outcomes – even preventable deaths. Yikes! Combine that with the reality that medicine is increasingly being practiced in coordinated teams, rather than in a solo practice, and we can see why it makes sense for medical schools to “screen out” applicants with inadequate communication and social skills. Continue reading “Encouraging news: New docs learn people skills and communities prepare for an aging population” »
This year, the first baby boomers turn 65, entering into is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. This report conveys the burden of Alzheimer’s and dementia on individuals, families, government and the nation’s healthcare system. Alzheimer’s is the only top 10 cause of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. There is great promise in Alzheimer research and a focused commitment from the nation’s leaders could make the difference in solving the crisis. Please Get the “Generation Alzheimer’s report” to learn more about what can be done to conquer this devastating disease. Visit www.alz.org/boomer
Great article about the Alzheimer’s Association float in the Rose Bowl in today’s USA Today! Check it out here.