Caleb Zimmerschied

AMA Affiliated Groups

Contributing News Writer,

Caleb worked as a contributing writer in 2017.

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Accelerating Change in Medical Education

Despite hiccups, online learning tools bring value to med ed

Online learning is here to stay. How can it be leveraged to optimize medical education? Two medical school educators share their experiences.
Four medical students studying together.


AI, teamed with physicians’ intelligence, could improve care

Finding the right blend of physician and machine intelligence will take time. There should be no rush to use AI technologies until they’re proven.
Physician holding augmented reality version of heart scan.

GME Funding

Virginia med students, residents help open 25 more GME spots

A shortage of graduate medical education slots has become the norm. But starting in July, Virginia will begin funding new residency positions.
Close-up map of Virginia.


In complex cancer cases, tricky mental health issues often arise

To provide optimal care to cancer patients, clinicians should attend to psychological as well as physical dimensions of patients’ illness experiences.

Physician Health

Once endangered, doctors’ lounge revived to battle burnout

A San Francisco hospital finds that revamping the doctors’ lounge is a simple but effective way to promote connectedness among physicians.
A modern doctors lounge to help combat burnout.

Medical School Diversity

How med student loan burdens can deepen health disparities

Six-figure student-loan burdens can discourage underrepresented minorities and lower-income students, who are likelier to work in underserved areas.

Overdose Epidemic

3 steps for physicians to boost safe storage, disposal of opioids

More than 70% of people misusing opioids get them from family or friends. Following this advice can make diversion to nonmedical use much less likely.
Paper bag filled with old prescription bottle and medication.


Physicians, heal thy troubled patient-clinician relationships

Repairing relationships with “difficult” patients is a moral responsibility. To do so, physicians need to begin by examining their own role in the conflict.
Physician shares chart with surprised patient.