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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

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AMA initiative to transform med ed generates huge response from schools

AMA initiative to transform med ed generates huge response from schools

More than 80 percent of America's accredited medical schools have indicated their desire to work with the AMA to lead bold and innovative changes in the training of future physicians as part of the AMA's $10 million "Accelerating change in medical education" initiative.

The AMA received proposals from 115 of the 141 accredited medical schools in the United States as part of the initiative, which the AMA announced last month. 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 new medical schools that received LCME accreditation during the last five years.

"The AMA is encouraged by this tremendous response," AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD, said in a news release. "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."

A panel of medical education experts, drawn from within and outside the AMA, will review the initial proposals and select 20 to 30 applicants 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 would be able to implement the innovations.

These schools 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 eight to 10 grant awardees to be announced in June at the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

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

The AMA's $10 million grant initiative is part of its focus on accelerating change in medical education, one of three pillars of the AMA's new strategic plan. The initiative is intended to support a significant redesign of undergraduate medical education in the United States by facilitating bold structural changes to take place over a five-year period at the selected schools.

These schools also will participate in an AMA learning collaborative, which will guide the evaluation of each project and disseminate best practices to other medical and health profession schools.

Visit the AMA's "Accelerating change in medical education" website to learn more and watch a brief video about the initiative.