Social justice in health disparities. The academic view of Social justice in health disparities is a topic of growing prominence. The President and CEO Darrell Kirch, MD for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), offers some interesting insights on the values that guide academic medicine.
Change is a constant in life, both personally and professionally. Sometimes, though, changes feel so disruptive that we may fundamentally question who we are and where we are heading. Today, as we face great uncertainty created by tumultuous change in health care and society at large, a set of core beliefs can help us remain true to our values and missions even as we are buffeted by conflicting forces. In academic medicine, we have a set of enduring truths that have been a guiding force since the establishment of the AAMC nearly 150 years ago. Arguably, some beliefs have existed from the time of Hippocrates.
For my last column as AAMC president and CEO, I want to highlight some of the universal professional touchstones I gleaned from having had the remarkable privilege of visiting students and faculty at every AAMC-member school. Regardless of the size of your institution, your area of specialization, or your location, these enduring truths can buoy us, providing guidance during troubling or disruptive times. They remind us of what drew us to academic medicine in the first place.