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AMA News Room

April 7, 2014

AMA’s Ambitious Initiative to Prepare Medical Students for Health Care Tomorrow Brings Together 11 Medical Schools to the University of Michigan

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April 7, 2014

Amidst changing health care landscape, leaders from innovative medical schools met to discuss Accelerating Change in Medical Education, one of AMA’s top strategic priorities

Ann Arbor, Mich. - The American Medical Association (AMA) today convened leaders and faculty from 11 pioneering medical schools from throughout the country in Michigan today as part of its national Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative. The meeting was held at the University of Michigan Medical School, which received a $1 million grant from the AMA for its proposal to transform medical education.

"With gaps existing between how medical students are educated and how health care is delivered, there is a universal call to transform the practice and teaching of medicine and narrow these gaps," said Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., President, American Medical Association. "The American Medical Association's (AMA) Accelerating Change in Education initiative was created to shift the focus of education toward real-world practice and competency assessment."

Launched by the AMA in 2013, Accelerating Change in Medical Education is an $11 million competitive grant initiative, to bring forth the best ideas and recommend changes to help shift the focus of medical education toward team-based care, population health, chronic health management and community. The 11 medical schools were selected based on their proposals to change medical education through more real-world practice and assessments of medical student competency.

"Through the ACE initiative, the AMA is working toward creating the medical school of the future to provide the training needed to produce the physician of the future," said Susan Skochelak, M.D., M.P.H., AMA Group Vice President for Medical Education.

The proposal put forth by the University of Michigan Medical School has the potential to make a significant impact on medical education through the creation of a curriculum where all students begin their education with two years of integrated scientific and clinical experiences. Students would then be able to branch off into their own individualized professional development tracks to cultivate advanced skill sets in a clinical setting at their own pace, which may allow them to graduate from medical school sooner.

"We are committed to paving the way for a new and better health care system in our country by changing the way we educate our medical students," said Joseph C. Kolars, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives, University of Michigan Medical School. With the support of the AMA, we are fortunate to share this journey with ten other prestigious medical schools who are gathering in Ann Arbor this week to collaborate on this important task.

Through the five-year initiative, AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education program establishes a learning consortium that allows the selected schools to share best practices for implementation in medical schools across the country. The AMA will work with these medical schools to identify and widely disseminate the best models for transformative educational change to ensure that today's medical students are best prepared for the health care environment of tomorrow.

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