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AMA News Room

Feb. 22, 2013

Tremendous Response to AMA Medical Education Initiative Demonstrates Strong Desire for Transformative Change

For immediate release:
Feb. 22, 2013

More than 80 percent of medical schools submit proposals to lead innovative, new ideas

CHICAGO – In response to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) $10 million “Accelerating Change in Medical Education” initiative, 115 of the 141 accredited medical schools in the United States submitted initial proposals to change the way future physicians are trained – a response rate of 82 percent. Proposals came from all categories of medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), including highly ranked research intensive schools, state-supported and community-based schools and a number of the new medical schools accredited by the LCME during the last 5 years.

“The AMA is encouraged by this tremendous response,” said AMA CEO/EVP James L. Madara, M.D.  “It’s a clear sign that medical schools are eager and ready to implement the transformative changes needed to respond to the evolving medical environment and the future needs of patients.”

From this initial pool of applications, medical education experts from both within and outside the AMA will review the individual proposals, selecting 20-30 by mid-March to submit full proposals for further consideration. The proposed projects will be evaluated using established criteria, including the innovative nature and potential impact of the proposal, the strength of the design and the likelihood that other schools could implement the new innovations.

The 20-30 selected entities will have approximately two months to develop a more comprehensive proposal outlining the specifics of the innovations they seek to explore. A national advisory panel will help advise the AMA on the selection of the final 8-10 grant awardees to be announced in June at the AMA’s semi-annual policymaking meeting in Chicago.

As part of its efforts to accelerate change in medical education, the AMA will provide $10 million to fund and further the educational innovations envisioned by the grant awardees that will shape the way we train future physicians. The intent of this initiative is to facilitate bold structural change over five years at each selected school to support a significant redesign of undergraduate medical education. A critical component of the AMA’s initiative will be to also establish a learning collaborative with the selected schools and guide the evaluation of the projects to rapidly and effectively disseminate best practices to other medical and health profession schools.

“The AMA is committed to accelerating change in medical education to better align education outcomes with the changing needs of our health care system,” said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D. “We look forward to working with medical schools to develop innovative new education models that can be successfully duplicated in institutions across the country.”

For more information about the initiative and to view a short video, visit www.changemeded.org.



Shannon (O'Brien) Breymaier
AMA Media Relations
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