AMA seeking leaders for key staff positions
With its new strategic plan calling for accelerating change in medical education as one of three main focus areas, the AMA is seeking to fill several key positions to achieve these goals. Three executive-level roles for which the association is seeking highly qualified candidates are:
- Associate Director, Division of Undergraduate Medical Education
- Vice President, Medical Education Programs
- Vice President, Educational Outcomes
The Associate Director, Division of Undergraduate Medical Education will provide leadership to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), including directing the process to evaluate medical schools, managing the creation of LCME policies, directing preparation for LCME meetings, and consulting with medical school leadership during the accreditation process.
To qualify for this role, a doctoral degree is required (PhD, MD, or equivalent); MD preferred.
The Vice President, Medical Education Programs, will lead the staff team that supports the AMA Council on Medical Education and Section on Medical Schools and will provide guidance and information on medical education policy or programs to other AMA leadership units, including the AMA Board of Trustees. This individual will work closely with the newly hired Vice President, Educational Outcomes, to implement a major component of the AMA's new strategic plan.
To qualify for this role, an MD degree is required, with additional graduate training preferred (e.g., PhD, MEd, MPH, MS, or MBA).
The Vice President, Educational Outcomes, will provide vision, leadership, direction, and the managerial and budgetary oversight for AMA programs that are part of its strategic plan to accelerate change in medical education. Responsibilities include oversight of all operational, programmatic, and administrative activities related to the AMA's focus to strategically transform undergraduate medical education.
To qualify for this position, doctoral-level preparation in medicine, education, or a related health care field is required, as evidenced by a PhD, EdD or MD degree.
Quotable: The physician of 2050
"The physician of 2050 will have work flows and ways of thinking that are critical but unrecognizable to today's physician. But we're not prepared. The next generation is not ready for the changes that are coming. We're seeing digital natives appearing in medical school to be trained with analog tools and a curriculum structured for the early 20th century. We need medical education reform consistent with what is perhaps the physician's most dramatic transformation in recent history."
Source: "33 charts" blog by Bryan Vartabedian, MD, FAAP
New videos help users get the most out of FREIDA Online
FREIDA Online® is a popular AMA resource for medical students seeking to apply to residency/fellowship programs. Now FREIDA Online offers a new set of five videos to help users get the most out of this invaluable database of program information:
- How to perform a program search on FREIDA Online
- Searching for specialties at an institution
- Searching for programs at a particular institution
- AMA member benefits on FREIDA Online
- Statistics and background information about FREIDA Online
News and notes
- The United States Medical Licensing Examination announces that the minimum passing score on USMLE Step 2 will rise from 189 to 196.
- Michigan has more medical schools, but not more physicians. Medical students from the new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, for example, may have to go elsewhere for residency training, due to limited residency program slots.
- Medical education adapting to fit the patient-centered medical home, with increased focus on teamwork, quality improvement and community-based care (American Medical News).