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    Adaptability shapes survival of academic health centers

    Peter J. McDonnell, MD, shares views related to deluge of data, training, practice management


    Listen to what Peter J. McDonnell, MD, thinks about “town-and-gown competition” and the value of electronic medical records in this audio interview with J.C. Noreika, MD, MBA.




    The future of ophthalmology—including academic health centers—will rely much on the ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment, suggests Peter J. McDonnell, MD, of the Wilmer Eye Institute.


    Editor’s Note: Welcome to “Sight Lines,” a new feature of Ophthalmology Times. In this series, J.C. Noreika, MD, MBA, an ophthalmologist in Medina, OH, will discuss trends in ophthalmology, medicine, and health care with key leaders in their fields.

    In this first installment, Dr. Noreika talks with Peter J. McDonnell, MD, chairman of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times. In these dual roles, Dr. McDonnell has a unique vantage point to analyze changes occurring in the nation’s academic health centers and medical subspecialty publishing.


    Q Dr. McDonnell, how long have you been chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times?

    Ten fun and exciting years. It is a great way to make contact with a lot of practicing ophthalmologists with whom I might not get to interact otherwise.


    Q What is your vision for the magazine?

    I recently asked my residents how many peer-reviewed publications appeared in the medical literature last year. No one guessed the right answer, about 1.4 million publications.

    So, how does a busy physician—who is working on transitioning to electronic medical records, working on maintenance of certification, working to provide the best patient care—find the time to read all the potentially relevant information that would impact his or her practice?

    Even a speed-reader cannot do it. Ophthalmology Times aspires to help ophthalmologists learn from physicians who are at the forefront of their fields—our editorial board members—and identify the key new pieces of information they need as practicing ophthalmologists.

    Amazing changes are taking place in ophthalmology and it is very important to get that information to the ophthalmologist who is nearing sensory information overload. We have a great editorial team that helps us get out this information quickly through print as well as digital media.


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