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How Medical Education is Changing
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The American Medical Association (AMA) wants to change medical education with $1...
Self-Paced Medical Education
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Medical Education is Changing by Gil Lederman

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Gil Lederman talks about how medical students will face new challenges in their educational journey this year. Click to view more.

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Medical Education is Changing by Gil Lederman

  1. 1. How Medical Education is Changing in 2015 The American Medical Association (AMA) wants to change medical education with $11 million in grant money. It aims to close the gaps between medical training and health care delivery with grant-funded experiments throughout the United States. According to reports, the effort is starting to bear fruit. The AMA awarded $1 million each to 11 medical schools to form the “Accelerating Change in Medical Education” consortium. The grants will fund creative ways to prepare students for medical careers in the future. From big data to self-paced learning, medical education is transforming the way future doctors are trained. Health Data Analysis The effort to improve medical education is driven by the need for competent health professionals who can meet current and future health care demands. With all the changes in health care and technology, learning to analyze data is more important than ever. Not only can it improve community-wide health, but it can also help individual patients. The New York University (NYU) School of Medicine uses the AMA grant to teach students to find better uses for health data.
  2. 2. Self-Paced Medical Education Self-paced learning is another change in medical education in 2015. The Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) uses AMA grant funds to develop a competency-based curriculum. The old curriculum was a “time fixed” model — 2 years of basic science and 2 years of clinical science. With this model, some students were not ready for the next step and others were held back. A self-paced program can meet the need of various students, from former nurses to Army medics to students with no medical background. Dual Degree Programs At Brown University, some medical students are pursuing a dual degree: a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a master’s degree in population medicine. The master’s program is integrated across all four years of medical school. Because America’s health care system is evolving rapidly, doctors today must know more than they needed to know 10 or even 5 years ago. Brown University uses AMA funds to focus on basic and clinical science as well as the science of health care delivery. Together, the “Accelerated Change in Medical Education” consortium is creating the medical education of the future. While the journey is not without challenges, it is also exciting to reimagine education from the ground up. Through collaboration and innovation, these schools are creating doctors who can meet the health care demands of the 21st century. Dr. Gil Lederman is a medical doctor and a certified oncologist from NYC.

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