Renowned medical thought leader visits Sanford Health
Renowned cardiologist, researcher, author, and healthcare visionary Eric Topol, MD, recently spent time at Sanford Health for productive conversations about the future of medicine.
During his visit, Dr. Topol discussed needed changes in the way we educate medical learners, barriers to care in rural settings, and lessons learned from the pandemic.
He is executive vice president of Scripps Research and founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. Dr. Topol has published over 1,200 peer-reviewed papers, with over 250,000 citations, been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and is one of the 10 most-cited medical researchers. His main scientific interest has focused on genomic and digital tools to individualize medicine.
Additionally, Dr. Topol is the principal investigator of a $34 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to promote innovation in medicine and the education and professional training of future medical researchers. In 2016, he received a $207 million grant to lead a significant portion of the Precision Medicine Initiative (All of Us Research Program), a US million dollar prospective research program.
Passionate about medical education
Dr. Topol was greeted by Gary Timmerman, MD, who is a professor and chair of the department of surgery at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota.
He spoke with Sanford Medical Education graduate students to discuss how the state of GME has changed over the past decade and will continue to change, especially as young students become passionate about the domain.
“The sooner you find what excites you and what you think is a talent to cultivate, a special quality that burns within you, go for it,” Dr. Topol said as he joined Sanford clinic president Luis Garcia, MD. , for a podcast conversation. “It doesn’t happen by chance. You really have to work on it too. It’s a combination of finding that quality inclination and really chasing it.
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With nearly 40 years of experience in health care, he told Sanford Health News he is passionate about medical education and seeing new providers enter the field.
“When you meet (the healthcare industry) on the patient side and know how critical it is to have someone looking after you that you can trust, then you really know what you’ve done all your life in medicine,” explained Dr. Topol. “There is nothing more important than being able to turn to someone, not just when you are sick, but to try to “prevent something that you might otherwise have. We’re very lucky. It’s an amazing job.”
Dr. Topol visited Sanford Children’s Hospital and Sanford Heart Hospital to discuss issues such as the future workforce, the integration of genomics, digital medicine and artificial intelligence into occupational medicine. today.
“What excites me is that Sanford could be the leader and pioneer in the recovery of the fact that patient care is about caring for the patient,” he said. “There is no healthcare system in the United States that sets the example and you can do it here.”
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