Medical Education Across Borders

Medical Education Across Borders

Posted by  | Academic Medicine, Collaboration, Health Innovation, Health System Sustainability, Medical Education

As a Johns Hopkins faculty member, I have the privilege of teaching medical students and residents in the classroom and on the wards. I love participating in the learning process—helping students grapple with information, evaluate its potential for impact, and finally put it into play in their own careers and lives. Through my role as(...)

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Brain Drain or Gain?

Brain Drain or Gain?

Posted by  | Academic Medicine, Asia Pacific, Collaboration, Health Care Leadership Development, Health Innovation, Health System Sustainability, Latin America, Medical Education, Nurse Development

Health care professionals have always been attracted to developed countries in search of better career and educational opportunities, political stability, and greater personal freedom, among myriad other factors. However, we’ve seen this trend go up significantly in recent years. The perceived need to relocate starts early for young people who dream of becoming nurses, physicians,(...)

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Voicing a Silent Epidemic

Voicing a Silent Epidemic

Posted by  | Academic Medicine, Collaboration, Health Innovation, Medical Education, Middle East, Patient Safety, Research

Blood clots cause the world’s top three cardiovascular killers, and they are the leading cause of preventable death during a hospital stay. Altogether, blood clots kill more people each year than AIDS, breast cancer and car crashes combined. Continuing our discussion on accreditation and uniform health standards in our globalized world, regulatory agencies around the(...)

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Accreditation Brings Rigor

Accreditation Brings Rigor

Posted by  | Clinical Program Development, Collaboration, Health Innovation, Health System Sustainability, Latin America, Medical Education, Middle East, Patient Care, Patient Safety, Research

Like me, you probably check reviews before trying a new restaurant or hotel. If we research these small decisions, it’s only logical that when it comes to big decisions like choosing a health care provider, we look for both qualitative and quantitative data to guide our choices. Accreditation is one set of standards we use(...)

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Delving Into a Disaster Drill

Delving Into a Disaster Drill

Posted by  | Clinical Program Development, Collaboration, Medical Education, Middle East, Patient Care, Patient Safety

As we began our work with Al Rahba Hospital in the United Arab Emirates, leaders there laid out their main priorities—clinical care, research and education—which are the foundation of much of our international collaborative work. However, Al Rahba had an additional request: support for emergency preparedness. The hospital is located near a major highway between(...)

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Best Preparation for Worst-Case Scenarios

Best Preparation for Worst-Case Scenarios

Posted by  | Clinical Program Development, Collaboration, Health Innovation, Health System Sustainability, Latin America, Medical Education, Middle East, Patient Safety

The devastating wake of hurricanes across the United States and Caribbean. Two destructive earthquakes striking central Mexico within a two-week span. Deadly outbreaks of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome across Saudi Arabia, UAE and other countries in the region. Multiple terrorist attacks in Spain. These are real examples of recent emergencies affecting all corners of the(...)

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Putting Nurses First

Putting Nurses First

Posted by  | Collaboration, Health Care Leadership Development, Medical Education, Middle East, Nurse Development, Patient Care

My colleague John Ulatowski wrote about the inherent risk of homogenization as we share ideas about health and the delivery of health care around the world. At Johns Hopkins, we do our best to listen and learn before we begin an international affiliation, rather than foisting pre-conceived ideas and processes that work here or in the(...)

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Hazards of Homogeneity

Hazards of Homogeneity

Posted by  | Clinical Program Development, Collaboration, Health Innovation, Health System Sustainability, Latin America, Medical Education, Middle East, Nurse Development, Patient Care, Patient Safety

We agree on the benefits of health care globalization: more uniform standards of patient safety, growth of telemedicine, greater access to lifesaving treatments, immediate information about care and wellness. But are we overlooking a possible drawback: the homogenization of health care? You may like knowing you can get the same Starbucks coffee whether you’re in(...)

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No One-and-Done Endeavors

No One-and-Done Endeavors

Posted by  | Collaboration, Health Innovation, Health System Sustainability

We recently started a discussion about how institutions such as Johns Hopkins are creating international collaborative health programs to help steer us out of a global health care crisis affecting individuals, health systems and communities worldwide. We can approach collaborations to raise health standards globally in many ways. And a number of organizations—including internationally known(...)

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The Future of Health Care Globalization

The Future of Health Care Globalization

Posted by  | Clinical Program Development, Collaboration, Health Care Leadership Development, Health Innovation, Health System Sustainability, Medical Education, Nurse Development, Patient Care, Patient Safety, Research

We know what globalization means. Boundaries between countries disappear, giving way to single global markets for labor, manufacturing, finance and service. Money, goods, people, ideas and information mix in unprecedented ways, shaping our lives today and opportunities for tomorrow. But what does it mean for health care? When we talk about the globalization of health(...)

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