Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
This Week's News
This Week's News
Grants for med schools aim to accelerate change in medical education
A new funding opportunity from the AMA is available for medical school initiatives that can help close the gap between today's education of medical students and the needs of patients in an evolving health care system.
Announced Sunday at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges in San Francisco, the grants will be available to accredited U.S. medical schools and will be awarded based on the schools' responses to an AMA request for proposal to be issued in January. The AMA will establish partnerships with the selected schools to develop innovations and structural changes to support new models of flexible, outcomes-based education. The grants will fund initiatives to be implemented in the 2013–2014 academic year.
The announcement came during a panel discussion about the AMA's work to accelerate change in medical education. AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD, and AMA Vice President of Medical Education Susan Skochelak, MD, explained the AMA's key objectives for undergraduate medical education, including:
- A competency-based curriculum and methods of assessment to allow flexibility and individualized learning for medical students.
- Early student experiences in health care delivery systems and enhanced understanding of current and future practice models.
- An improved learning environment that supports students' professional development.
The AMA seeks to use this grant process to disseminate and promote adoption of successful models for undergraduate medical education.