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Health policy is all the rage — in politics, economics and now, increasingly, in medical school.

Why it matters: Policy decisions have a big impact on providers, and med students are pushing for a curriculum that will give them a better grasp of the broader health care system, outside of clinical practice, Bloomberg Law reports.

  • "They know that the world is changing around them, but they don't always know what those changes are," Jonathan Oberlander, who chairs the Department of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, told Bloomberg Law.

Med students' options can include new electives, a 3-week immersion course and even a mock congressional hearing in which students play on the roles of various interest groups to learn "just how difficult the politics are," Oberlander said.

  • The organization that accredits graduate programs is also imposing a new rule this year to "incorporate consideration of value, delivery, and payment into their care" into residency programs, per Bloomberg.

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Biden holds first phone call with Putin, raises Navalny arrest

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President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies.

The state of play: Biden also raised arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to a White House readout. The statement said Biden and Putin agreed maintain "consistent communication," and that Biden stressed the U.S. would "act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies."

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.