Accelerating Change in Medical Education
With unprecedented change in health care delivery underway, transforming how physicians are trained in the United States is imperative. Envisioning the medical school of the future, the American Medical Association today is working across the medical education continuum to truly meet the needs of our nation's medical students, physicians and patients by creating new models for learning and new methods and opportunities for collaborative innovation.
In 2013 the AMA launched its "Accelerating Change in Medical Education" initiative, an $11 million competitive grant endeavor designed to jumpstart the complex process of creating the medical school of the future.
Learn more about the Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative and grant innovations and get up-to-date information at changemeded.org.
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Through this initiative, the AMA is:
• DEVELOPING new methods for measuring and assessing key competencies for physicians at all training levels to create more flexible, individualized learning plans
• PROMOTING exemplary methods to achieve patient safety, performance improvement and patient-centered team care
• IMPROVING understanding of the health care system and health care financing in medical training
• OPTIMIZING the learning environment
After more than 80 percent of the medical schools in the country expressed a strong interest in the grant, 11 leading medical schools were selected to participate in this five year grant program. The recipient medical schools are:
• Indiana University School of Medicine
• Mayo Medical School
• New York University School of Medicine
• Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
• Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
• The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
• The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
• University of California, Davis School of Medicine
• University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
• University of Michigan Medical School
• Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Today, these schools comprise a consortium tasked with developing best practices that can be shared and implemented in schools across the country. Over the next four years the AMA will work with these schools on prototyping and disseminating their innovative programs and ideas within the consortium and beyond.
They have already made great progress. The AMA gathered nearly 200 medical education professionals, including the consortium, in Chicago for the firstever AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Conference in October 2013. The consortium met again in April 2014 to further define and advance shared goals, and it will continue to convene regularly to ensure the urgency driving this imperative does not wane.
Separately, the AMA continues its important work to shape graduate medical education (GME) by working closely with ACGME and residency committees on GME standards, as well as supporting federal and state-level advocacy that addresses GME and work force issues.
The AMA is focusing its attention, resources and expertise on aligning medical education and training with the changing needs of our health care system.