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AMA News Room

June 12, 2014

AMA Continues Work to Reshape Medical Education

For immediate release:
June 12, 2014

Pending report to include recommendations on shortening length of medical school through competency-based programs

CHICAGO - The American Medical Association (AMA) called yesterday for improvement of the country's medical education system by creating a more consistent and streamlined process for students to move from medical school to residency. The nation's largest physician organization adopted new policy at its Annual Meeting to encourage development and implementation of a set of common competencies that students must demonstrate to advance to the next level of their training and into practice, rather than the time-based model that medical schools currently use.

"The AMA is focused on transforming medical education to prepare physicians to practice in the evolving health care landscape of tomorrow," said AMA Board Member Stephen Permut, M.D. "We must continue to identify and implement the best methods to ensure students and residents have the preparation and tools they need to advance through medical school and residency and enter practice in a way that is tailored to their individual learning needs and achievement of key competencies, not based merely on a traditional time-based system."

The AMA Council on Medical Education plans to further review and identify challenges and opportunities in implementing competency-based frameworks across the medical education and practice continuum.

Through the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative, a consortium of 11 medical schools plans to work with other key stakeholders to develop pilot projects to study the impact of competency-based frameworks on student graduation, the residency match process and off-cycle entry into residency programs.

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