To help create the “medical school of the future,” the American Medical Association (AMA) is awarding a group of schools grants to redesign medical education.
The 20 new schools to join the AMA’s Accelerating Changed in Medical Education Consortium, were selected from 170 medical schools through a competitive grant process and will each received $75,000 over a three year period to see their proposed project through. The addition of these new schools increases the number of schools in the consortium to 31.
“Our goal throughout this initiative has been to spread the robust work being done by our consortium to accelerate systemic change throughout medical education,” said AMA CEO James L. Madara, M.D. “By tripling the number of schools participating in this effort, we know that we will be able to more quickly disseminate the Consortium schools’ innovative curriculum models to even more schools—leading to the type of seismic shift that the medical education system needs so that future physicians can better care for their patients.”
Originally launched in 2013, the Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative was designed to address the gaps that exist how students in medical school are trained and how health care is delivered.
Among some of the newest projects are the Pathways Curriculum, a project launched at Harvard Medical School, that aims to create “master adaptive learners,” who are self-directed, reflective, curious, cognitively flexible and capably of embracing uncertainty. Another project, led by Morehouse School of Medicine, hopes to expand the school’s social mission and enhance community-engaged training by increasing the medical school class size and the number of community-based sites participating in the education process.
“Together, the 31 schools will collectively work to quickly identify and widely share the best models for educational change to ensure future physicians are prepared for a lifetime of learning, to lead a team of professionals in delivering care and to explore innovative ways to care for patients, populations and communities in the evolving health care system,” said Susan E. Skochelak, M.D., M.P.H., AMA Group Vice President for Medical Education. “By working together, we believe that during the next several years this effort will produce physicians who are not just skilled clinicians, but system-based thinkers, change agents, technology champions and inter-professional team players.”
The list of selected schools, along with short descriptions of each school’s project, can be found online at www.changemeded.org.