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Editor’s Note: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Oncology Center of Excellence has launched the inaugural National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week, which will take place from June 17 through June 23, 2021. Research has shown that cancer awareness can help lower cancer mortality rates and increase life expectancy for all racial and ethnic groups, including Black Americans Read more

About three years ago, I was chatting about pain with a friend at a social function, and she told me she was taking a prescribed opioid for her chronic pain. I quickly got the uncomfortable feeling in my stomach that comes from discussing and prescribing opioids in clinical practice. I responded with my concerns, based Read more

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On average, gun violence kills 33,000 Americans each year. Over the 2016 Christmas weekend, 27 Chicago citizens were shot, seven of them fatally. While studying in a Chicago medical school in 2011, I saw the effects of gun violence firsthand. It saddens me to know that six years later, little if anything has changed. In Read more

For many students, volunteering at the Einstein Community Health Outreach (ECHO) Free Clinic is the first time we get to palpate an abdomen, listen to abnormal heart sounds or even learn to draw blood. These are skills required for us to become physicians, but learning these skills isn’t the reason that most Albert Einstein College Read more

Over a century ago, American educator Abraham Flexner established what would become a traditional curriculum structure for U.S. medical schools: two years of basic science education in the classroom followed by two years of clinical experience. Although medical schools have been successful at producing physicians, Flexner could not have imagined the modern practice of medicine Read more

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” is less than three months away from entering its next phase. On October 1, 2013, certain consumers, including those who don’t receive insurance from their employers, can seek coverage through healthcare insurance exchanges in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage could begin as early as January 1 Read more