The Cardiovascular Division is extremely proud of the more than 300 cardiology fellows, graduate students (PhD and MD/PhD) and post-doctoral research fellows that have received their cardiovascular training at Washington University School of Medicine.
Former faculty and trainees of the Cardiovascular Division have gone on to become the president of Ecuador, chancellors and deans of medical schools, chairs of medicine, chiefs of cardiology, and leaders in the pharmaceutical industry.
The Alumni Section of the Cardiovascular Division website is dedicated to our former faculty and trainees. This section of the website will feature a “Message from the Chief,” which will be updated bi-annually, and will contain a brief summary of current events within the Cardiovascular Division. The Alumni Section will also post the most recent bi-annual update of the Cardiovascular Division alumni newsletter, which is also available as a downloadable pdf file.
Our goal is to remain connected with our former faculty and trainees, who have contributed to the rich clinical, teaching and research environment that exists in the Cardiovascular Division today.
Message from the Chief
Two years ago, a commentary in the American Journal of Medicine noted, “Direct involvement in policymaking is…an invaluable experience for physicians…as exposure to the fast-moving policy environment can both guide relevant research and allow them to have a broad impact on health care.” In our Division, there is an increasing emphasis on health policy research and how the conversation needs to shift from simply looking at medi-cal outcomes to including the social and economic influences that can affect these outcomes, and yes, federal reimbursements.
Evidence-based health policy research is vital to ensuring that our healthcare system works for all. An example is when WU cardiologist and health policy researcher Karen Joynt Maddox and her former colleagues from Harvard’s School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2018 that found Medicare’s bundled payment program appeared to have no significant impact on efforts by hospitals to reduce overall healthcare costs. She and others in our Division are now taking a hard look at how social factors, such as lack of access to transportation, healthy food and vital community resources impact medical outcomes. We’ve also added a health policy research pathway in our fellowship program.
This year, the New York Times published an article titled,
“Which Health Policies Work? We Rarely Find Out,” which noted the establishment of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, designed to increase and improve the amount of health policy research. We anticipate our research efforts will expand over the next few years. In the meantime, the national conversation is broadening and we, as physicians, should take an active role in how policies impact our patients.
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