AMA Wire

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

News for Academic Physicians

Med schools offering shorter training, smaller tuition bill

New York University (NYU) and a handful of other medical schools are among the first to begin shortening medical school and, ultimately, reducing the cost of training, according to a recent report in the New York Times.

These efforts are reflected in the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative, which supports, for example, new methods for measuring and assessing key competencies for medical students and physicians to create more flexible, individualized learning plans.

Administrators at NYU say they can make the change without compromising quality by eliminating redundancies in their science curriculum, getting students into clinical training more quickly and adding some extra class time in the summer, the Times reports. And all while saving a quarter of the cost of tuition, which at NYU comes to $49,560 annually. This could mean substantially less debt as medical students move into their residency training.

"We're confident that our three-year students are going to get the same depth and core knowledge, that we're not going to turn it into a trade school," Steven Abramson, MD, vice dean for education, faculty and academic affairs at NYU School of Medicine, told the Times.

The movement is not without critics, the Times reports. Some say that a three-year medical program would deprive students of the time they need to delve deeply into their subjects, to consolidate their learning and to reach the level of maturity they need to begin practicing, while adding even more pressure to a stressful academic environment.

Next AMA-SMS meeting set for June 14–15 in Chicago

Join your colleagues in Chicago for the next AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) meeting, which will take place June 14–15 in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Watch AMA Wire and the AMA-SMS Web page for more details about the meeting.

Also, be sure to check out a new YouTube video featuring AMA-SMS Governing Council Chair Maria Savoia, MD, highlighting the AMA-SMS's role in serving as the voice of academic medicine to the AMA House of Delegates.