Show: October 14, 2012:
- How do different subtypes of breast cancer affect treatment?
- Can cute images boost your brain power?
- What creates communication barriers between caregivers and health care providers?
- How can bacteria aid in weight loss?
- What has changed at the IUSM Student Outreach Clinic since its inception in 2009?
- Can our complex healthcare system be boiled down to a 200-page paperback?
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Can our complex healthcare system be boiled down to a 200-page paperback?
Interview: Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore, Medical students, Washington University, St. Louis. Co-authors of "The Health Care Handbook."
Medical students Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore from Washington University in St. Louis were motivated by their peers and their own uncertainty of the future of health care to try to explain our health care system. The result, “The Health Care Handbook,” is a readable, concise and informative “user’s manual” that explains the basis of our health care system and the policies that aim to change it in the near future. Reviewers have lauded their success, pointing to examples such as the authors’ description of the 2,000-page Affordable Care Act in about a 20-minute read, organized by a series of questions. For future editions, medical students at Washington University will be asked to revise and update the book as needed, while still providing a refreshing student perspective. Askin and Moore share the inspiration behind the recurring theme of “everything is always more complicated than you think” in their book and how they prioritized their topics.