Innovations in Medicine
During a special speakers series at the AMA’s June Annual Meeting, six physician leaders shared insights into changes taking place today that will drive the nation toward more affordable care, healthier patients and more professionally satisfied physicians.
View videos of each speaker’s presentation. Below, read a synopsis of the event. The speakers:
“Innovations in Medicine” speakers paint vision of future, spark conversations
An inspiring AMA event debuted in June to an excited crowd of physicians and medical students gathered in Chicago for the Annual Meeting.
The AMA's "Innovations in Medicine" program, a series of brief, informal presentations in the style of TED Talks, captured the audience's imagination and painted a picture of innovations for the future of medicine. Six physician thinkers and doers shared insights into changes taking place today that will drive the nation toward more affordable care, healthier patients and more professionally satisfied physicians.
Howard Bauchner, MD, editor-in-chief of The JAMA Network, kicked off the event with a single question: "How do you manage change in a complex situation?" One of the keys, he said, is a shared vision. In the span of just 90 minutes, he and the other speakers gave just that.
David Ellington, MD, and Grace Terrell, MD, explained the ways in which the environment is already changing that are enabling physicians to restructure how they deliver care to keep patients with chronic illness healthy. Following changes to their group practice's payment model, one of Dr. Terrell's colleagues remarked, "This is the way I've wanted to practice medicine my whole life."
The audience was challenged to re-evaluate how they treat overweight patients when Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, shared stories of numerous patients who presented with obesity but were struggling with underlying health issues, including two young people who died in their sleep from undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. "The environment in which our bodies function has changed," she said. "When we see patients, we need to recognize that there may be things outside of their realms of control."
Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, highlighted how spending time asking patients a few questions about their diet can lead to simple solutions for health ailments – and save health care dollars. Finding out that a pregnant woman doesn't eat vegetables can help prevent spina bifida in her child, or asking a young person what they drink may help determine why they have insomnia or heart palpitations.
Bechara Choucair, MD, provided a fitting conclusion with his vision for improving the health of an entire city. As commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, he has applied his internal medicine background in citywide initiatives that empower patients to make the right choices.
He shared an image from the city's campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, which features a photo of a pregnant teenage boy with the caption, "Unexpected? Most teen pregnancies are." The campaign sparked conversations throughout Chicago and captured media attention across the nation and the world.
Before closing, Dr. Choucair encouraged physicians to move forward with these ideas in their own communities. "You can make a difference," he said.