Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
News for Academic Physicians
New video provides snapshot of AMA-SMS
Want to learn more about the AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) in about 90 seconds? A new YouTube video featuring AMA-SMS Chair Maria Savoia, MD, highlights the section's role in serving as the voice of academic medicine to the AMA House of Delegates.
The video summarizes Dr. Savoia's presentation to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) at its November 2012 meeting. "The Section on Medical Schools is really the place for academic physicians to have a voice in AMA policy," Dr. Savoia says.
AMA to fund virtual patient cases for student training
Medical students will be able to cultivate their clinical diagnostic skills with "hands-on" practice using simulated interactive patient encounters, thanks in part to a newly announced grant from the AMA.
The AMA has awarded $100,000 to i-Human Patients, Inc. for the development of internal medicine cases authored by a consortium of faculty at eight prominent medical schools. Students who use the software will be able to augment their classroom experience with simulated patient visits that help apply clinical reasoning and scientific principles. The program can be accessed via computer or mobile device.
"The AMA is funding the development of medical school cases and other interactive content for the i-Human Patients® educational services platform because we see a need to accelerate student training in patient assessment and diagnostic skills," James L. Madara, MD, AMA executive vice president and CEO, said in a news release.
"One of the AMA's recently announced core strategic goals is to transform undergraduate medical education, and the i-Human Patients initiative is a good example of the type of innovation needed to help drive efficient and effective learning," Dr. Madara said.
The i-Human Patients platform allows medical students to interview and examine animated patients, order and review diagnostic tests, develop diagnostic hypotheses and develop treatment plans. Students also receive guidance and feedback at each step of the process.
Medical school faculty can use the program to assess student performance and create their own sample cases and exercises.
The consortium responsible for developing the new internal medicine cases includes faculty from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Rush Medical College, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College.
Apply for leadership slots in medical education
AMA members interested in taking on a leadership role in medical education have several opportunities in which to do so.
One opportunity is on one of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Residency Review Committees. There are vacancies on various committees; fill out an online form to apply. Applications are due Friday. Email Evelyn Sherrill of the AMA with questions.
Another opportunity is through service on AMA councils, including the AMA Council on Medical Education. Learn more about the nominations process and how to apply. The AMA is committed to promoting diversity in every facet of organized medicine and encourages recommendation of qualified women physicians, minority physicians and international medical graduates for AMA positions on councils.
If you're not an AMA member, join today.
Mistreatment examined during AMA-SMS meeting session
The topic of medical student mistreatment vis-à-vis graduate medical education took center stage as part of an education session held in November during the AMA Section on Medical Schools Interim Meeting. Four presenters provided their own viewpoints on the subject, including Maya Babu, MD, a neurological surgery resident at Mayo Clinic.
"In residency education, abuse is in the eye of the beholder, and there are often shades of gray versus black and white," Dr. Babu said. "Also, there are different dynamics for different fields. Resident learning requires some level of stress and challenge to prepare trainees for the unsupervised practice of medicine.
"Being ‘put on the spot' by an attending can be seen as threatening or as a learning experience. Handling that stress is good when you're still in a learning situation vs. a practice situation. The question is, when do you respond, and when do you let it go?"
Attendees also heard an introduction to the University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine and a session about the AMA's work to accelerate change in medical education, one of its three strategic focus areas.
Next AMA-SMS meeting set for June 14–15
The next AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) meeting will take place June 14–15 in Chicago in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Watch the AMA-SMS Web page for more information as it becomes available.