Medical education

Med schools are a target for universities seeking prestige and new revenues

Several prominent universities, driven by revenue and prestige concerns, are building or merging with medical schools at a furious pace.

Despite challenges to his career, a med student says colleges should prioritize community health when deciding whether to reopen (opinion)

In considering whether colleges should reopen or not, Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako, a senior med student, prioritizes community health, regardless of the challenges to his career advancement.

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UCSF Pays $1 Million Ransom to Hackers

The University of California, San Francisco, paid a ransom of $1.14 million to hackers who encrypted and threatened to publish sensitive data stolen from the institution’s School of Medicine.

UCSF is one of three universities recently targeted using ransom software known as Netwalker. Michigan State University and Columbia College Chicago were also affected. Michigan State announced last month that it decided not to pay the ransom out of concern that payment to the criminals would encourage future attacks.  

Through an anonymous tip, a BBC News reporter was able to join the live chat room where UCSF negotiated the ransom. The hackers initially demanded $3 million. A UCSF representative said the coronavirus pandemic was “financially devastating” for the university and made a counteroffer of $780,000, which was refused. They settled on a payment of 116.4 Bitcoin, worth approximately $1.14 million.

“We are continuing our investigation, but we do not currently believe patient medical records were exposed,” said a UCSF statement news release on June 26. “The data that was encrypted is important to some of the academic work we pursue as a university serving the public good,” continued the statement. “We therefore made the difficult decision to pay some portion of the ransom, approximately $1.14 million, to the individuals behind the malware attack in exchange for a tool to unlock the encrypted data and the return of data they obtained.”

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Small colleges sign deals with local hospitals to bring coronavirus testing, tracing services to campus

Routine testing, temperature checks and social distancing measures are a heavy lift for small colleges without their own hospitals or clinics, so several are turning to nearby health systems for help.

AAMC Wants Better COVID-19 Data Collection Because of Health Disparities

The Association of American Medical Colleges is calling for a national standardized data collection system to accurately capture information about race, ethnicity, social conditions and environmental conditions affecting the spread of illness.

Obstacles to completing clinical education hours risk delaying graduation for nurses in California

California nursing students worry completion of their programs will be delayed as clinical rotations are suspended because of coronavirus crisis.

Study on Mistreatment of Med Students

Medical students are being mistreated by fellow students, faculty members and supervising residents based on their race, gender and sexual orientation, according to a new study by researchers at Yale University.

The research, which was published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine, was based on surveys of 27,000 students at all 140 accredited medical schools in the U.S. It found that women, underrepresented minority groups, Asian, multiracial and lesbian, gay and bisexual students reported more frequent incidents of mistreatment and discrimination than their peers.

"There is a lot of data showing that although medical schools are slowly becoming more diverse, they are still not yet inclusive," Dowin Boatright, the study's co-author and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Yale, said in a statement.

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Med Schools Use Unconscious Women for Pelvic Exam Practice

Some medical schools instruct students to practice pelvic exams on female patients who are under anesthesia for surgery. Though most patients are under anesthesia for a gynecological surgery, others may be in the hospital for an unrelated procedure.

In some cases, a pelvic exam may be deemed medically necessary for the patient. But in other cases the exam may be simply for the educational benefit of the medical student.

Some patients who discovered they were given a pelvic exam by a student while under anesthesia have said they were not informed that an exam would occur and did not consent to the procedure. Patients with histories of sexual trauma or abuse have said they found the procedure particularly distressing.

Laws in 10 states require informed consent for pelvic exams. Four of those states passed their laws just last year.

This issue was most recently described by The New York Times Monday, but other publications, including VICE, Elle, Slate and ABC News, also have covered the issue.

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Meharry accepts $7 million from Juul -- and faces criticism

A historically black medical college intends to use a $7 million grant from an e-cigarette giant to study the effects of tobacco. Some question the ethics.

Med school at Washington University St. Louis will be tuition-free for more than half of new students

A year after NYU's medical school went tuition-free, Washington University in St. Louis announces that scholarships will eliminate tuition charges for more than half of new M.D. students.

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