Physicians for the Future: What Defines a "Good" Doctor?
Co-Founder, Navigenics; Professor of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Senior Vice Dean for Education and Director of the Office of Academic Programs, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Dean, University of Michigan Medical School
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David Agus is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering and heads USC’s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. He is one of the world’s leading cancer doctors and the co-founder of two pioneering personalized medicine companies, Navigenics and Applied Proteomics. Agus is an international leader in new technologies and approaches for personalized health care and chairs the Global Agenda Council on Genetics for the World Economic Forum. He has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Geoffrey Beene Foundation’s Rockstar of Science Award. Agus’s first book, The End of Illness, was published in January and is a New York Times best-seller.
Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House and is the former chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. He has written or edited nine books and over 200 scientific articles and is a columnist for The New York Times.
Gail Morrison is professor of medicine, senior vice dean for education, and director of the Office of Academic Programs at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. For 20 years, Morrison has been actively involved in directing educational programs in the department of medicine, the School of Medicine and nationally, in the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine organization. From 1986 to 1995, she served as the associate chairman of the Department of Medicine for medical student education, and from 1991 to 1995 she held the post of associate dean for clinical curriculum from in the School of Medicine.
James O. Woolliscroft
James O. Woolliscroft is dean of medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. In 2001, he received an endowed professorship, the Lyle C. Roll professor of medicine and medical education, for his work in enhancing the practice of medicine through education. Woolliscroft's research in medical education has resulted in numerous publications, presentations, and visiting professorships across the US and internationally. Woolliscroft is the recipient of many awards including the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Educational Affairsâ€™ Merrel Flair Award, in 2008; the Society for General Internal Medicine Career Achievement in Medical Education Award, in 2004; and in 1996, Woolliscroft was named the first Josiah Macy, Jr. Professor of Medical Education, an endowed professorship awarded through a national competition
Dr. Gail Morrison, Senior Vice Dean for Education and Director of the Office of Academic Programs at Perelman of Pennsylvania, examines how the traditional medical school model has changed to adapt to cultural and technological advances in the field. "It was clear to us that the concept of sitting people in lecture halls from morning to night was just not the way people learned anymore," she says.
The practice concerned with the maintenance of health and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Medicine may be practiced in doctors' offices, health maintenance organization facilities, hospitals, and clinics. In addition to family practice, internal medicine, and specialties for specific body systems, it includes research, public health, epidemiology, and pharmacology. Each country sets its own requirements for medical degrees (M.D.'s) and licenses. Medical boards and councils set standards and oversee medical education. Boards of certification have stringent requirements for physicians seeking to practice a specialty, and they stress continuing education. Advances in therapy (seetherapeutics) and diagnosis have raised complex legal and moral issues in areas such as abortion, euthanasia, and patients' rights. Recent changes include treating patients as partners in their own care and taking cultural factors into consideration.