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AAMC President Dr. Darrell Kirch Visits the University of Maryland School of Medicine for the Theodore E. Woodward 33rd Annual Lecture

Friday, April 11, 2014

 Darrell Kirch, MD, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Who will lead us into the new world of healthcare? That was the question addressed by Darrell Kirch, MD, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), who spoke at the Theodore E. Woodward 33rd Annual Lecture. The event, held at Davidge Hall on April 9, 2014, was sponsored by the Maryland Beta Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society. The audience included AΩA members, medical students, faculty and guests.

Dr. Darrell Kirch spoke about the state of our healthcare system and what medical professionals and students can do to improve the standards, quality and delivery of healthcare in the United States. He discussed the importance of "our shared challenge" to make our healthcare system more successful.

"Teamwork is the buzz word in healthcare,” said Dr. Kirch, “but I think if we are all honest, we haven't perfected the ability to teach medical student show to work in teams." Dr. Kirch said it is very important for all the players in healthcare to work together and communicate for a more effective and productive system.

Dr. Kirch also spoke about the impact of the Affordable Care Act. "Our moment of truth in healthcare is that we are deeply divided," said Dr. Kirch. But Dr. Kirch noted that in the wake of the Act, “the number of Americans who don’t have healthcare insurance is falling. That, if you are a doctor, is a good thing.”

Other topics included healthcare spending, harnessing the power of technology, and the importance of putting the patient first by recommitting to the core ethics of medicine. Dr. Kirch reminded the members and students that the motto of the AΩA is "Be worthy to serve the suffering."

Alpha Omega Alpha is a national honor society for medical students which promotes student leadership, community service, and excellence in academics. AΩA has local chapters at most medical schools, which elect members from their student body.

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