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Medicine in 2015: Deans' Perspectives

Becoming a Physician, October 2005

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Event description: by Joshua Hornstein

The changes in American healthcare are dizzying. The usual problems of health insurance and access to care have been worsening since the decline of the managed care approach. In addition, the demographic trends in society with the uneven distribution of diseases make these ongoing problems more acute. Add to this, the exciting changes in medical technology and information services that seem to be revolutionizing the everyday delivery of care. All these trends add up to significant changes in store for the healthcare system in the next 10 years.

How will the next generation of healthcare professionals face these issues? How will they master the traditional requirements for medical expertise while also ensuring continuation of professional values? To help understand and predict the trends and likely influences involving medical care, the “Becoming A Physician” lecture series is hosting the second talk of the Fall semester series entitled, “Medicine in 2015: A Dean’s Perspective.”

For the first time on this campus, the Deans of both major Los Angeles medical centers, Brian E. Henderson, MD, from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Gerald S. Levey, MD, from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, spoke on Thursday, October 20 to a packed Taper Hall of Humanities Auditorium.

Both Deans are in a unique position to not only understand future trends in healthcare, but also to understand how future physicians will receive their education. Any student or faculty interested in medicine, nursing, politics, pharmacology, healthcare business, or any related healthcare profession should make all effort to relive this great presentation. Nuanced and stimulating questions were particularly addressed during the question and answer period.

Joshua Hornstein, program director for the Becoming A Physician series, moderated the event.

To help us examine this nuanced and rarely talked about issue are two highly respected experts in this field of medical balance and wellbeing.

Both these speakers are in a unique position to expose the common problems seen in pre-med and medical students and hopefully give us insight into the ancient Hippocratic aphorism, "Physician: Heal Thyself."

Joshua Hornstein, program director for the Becoming A Physician series, moderated the event.