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A recent publication by the Association of American Medical Colleges reports that only 4 percent of physicians in the U.S. are black, and that there were fewer black men enrolled in medical school in 2014 than in 1978. This striking and disheartening shortage holds serious consequences for all of society. Studies show that less diversity amongst physicians has major implications for healthcare disparities, and negatively Read More

Doctor writing prescription

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their first-ever Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain on March 15, 2016. The guideline offers much-needed guidance for primary care providers about when and how to start opioid analgesics, and steps to reduce the risks of opioids―including addiction and overdose―while treating their patients’ pain. The Read More

Reading a March 30, 2016 article in the New York Times, “The Quiet Research That Led to a Resounding Success in Diabetes Prevention,” transported me back in time and place to an interview I did at the Fox News TV studio in New York City in August 2001. At the time, I served as the Read More

Editors’ Note: On September 9, 2015, the closing of an agreement between Yeshiva University (YU) and Montefiore Health System will lead to Albert Einstein College of Medicine becoming its own legal entity, with Montefiore having operational and financial responsibility and Yeshiva remaining the academic degree-granting institution until Einstein grants its own degrees. We sat down Read More

hands on jail cell bars

Finally, Democrats and Republicans have agreed that reducing prison sentences should be a priority, especially for nonviolent drug offenses. It’s common sense that people with substance-use disorders should be offered addiction treatment as an alternative to incarceration. But what if they can’t stop using drugs? They still don’t belong in prison. Incarceration Undermines Recovery Incarceration Read More

African medical nurse talking to a senior patient

As I flip through the short stack of medical journals I’ve accumulated each week, I often ask myself whether the research studies I am reading would pass the “grandma test.” Could I explain these studies to my grandmother in a way she could understand? Would she think they were important? Physicians, patients­—all of us—are inundated Read More