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Changing the way medical schools educate future physicians may be an important step in changing the entire health care system for the better, an Austin, Texas, educator argues.

With us on “Take Care” is Dr. Clay Johnston, dean of Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) and vice president for medical affairs at the university. He envisions a reworking of the medical education system to include what he calls a “health ecosystem” that maximizes efficiency and personal care.

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In 2014, the World Health Organization said climate change will bring malaria, diarrhea, heat stress and malnutrition, which would kill 250,000 more people annually around the world from 2030 to 2050. A new report in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that number is a conservative estimate.

Dr. Caren Solomon is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and deputy editor at New England Journal of Medicine. In an editorial Solomon co-authored to accompany the article, she argued that medical professionals have a special responsibility to try to safeguard against these deaths -- that's what we discuss today on "Take Care."

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Sometimes doctors don't understand how hard it is for patients with chronic diseases to keep up with their treatment. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Victor Montori of the Mayo Clinic, who has developed a concept called "minimally disruptive medicine." The idea is for doctors and patients to communicate more about how best to fit a treatment plan into a patient's life.

Schumer wants to increase number of doctors nationwide

Jun 5, 2014
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Sen. Charles Schumer wants to increase the number of primary care physicians in the United States, particularly in rural areas like upstate New York.

Schumer says he is proposing a revised version of the "Resident Physician Shortage Act," which would increase the number of Medicare-supported physician residency slots by 15,000 over the next five years.

Coming up this week: nurse practitioners seek independence

Mar 28, 2014

We'll take on the controversy surrounding the independence of nurse practitioners. Should they be allowed to practice independently? The deans of Upstate Medical University's college of Medicine and Nursing discuss.

"The concerns that have been expressed is that they may not have had the same depth and breadth as physician training does,” says Dr. David Duggan, College of Medicine dean. “But the key, for anyone, is to know their limits and to know what is in the best interest of their patient and when their patient needs to get additional care.”

Hear more Sunday at 9 p.m.