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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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AMA awards $11 million to transform American medical education

AMA awards $11 million to transform American medical education

Nearly a dozen medical schools named Friday by the AMA will receive funding to implement bold innovations in medical education over the next five years.

The AMA announced the 11 medical schools that have been selected as part of the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative during a welcome reception at the Chicago Cultural Center, the city's grand monument to the arts and knowledge. Hundreds of physicians and medical students from around the country were on hand to celebrate the announcement. View a video of the announcement and attendees' reactions.

"We are thrilled to award funding to 11 medical schools for their bold, transformative proposals designed to close the gaps between how medical students are trained and how health care is delivered," AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, said in a news release. "This AMA initiative will identify specific changes in medical education that can be applied in medical schools throughout the nation to enable students to thrive in a changing health care environment and improve the health of our nation's patients."

The grant recipients will be part of an AMA learning consortium that will rapidly disseminate best practices to other medical and health profession schools.

Their proposals encompass a variety of educational innovations, including models for competency-based student progression, total student immersion within the health care system from the first day of medical school, and more intensive use of health IT and virtual patients. The AMA increased the total grant funding from $10 million to $11 million based on the strength of the ideas submitted by medical schools.

Representatives from the 11 schools were present for the announcement. The schools are:

  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Mayo Medical School
  • NYU School of Medicine
  • Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
  • The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • University of California – Davis School of Medicine
  • University of California – San Francisco School of Medicine
  • University of Michigan Medical School
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Read a summary of each of the schools' projects on the initiative's website.

When the initiative was announced at the beginning of the year, 119 of the 141 eligible U.S. medical schools—more than 80 percent—submitted proposals. In March, 28 individual schools and three collaborative groups of schools were selected to submit full proposals before a national advisory panel worked with the AMA to select the grant recipients.