This Month's News
Special JAMA issue examines changing med ed landscape
As the U.S. health care system continues to evolve, a special theme issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released this month explores aspects of medical education in light of current clinical environments.
The issue includes studies and editorials that cover such topics as communication skills training, simulation-based training and refocusing medical education in the era of electronic health records (EHR). Two other studies looked at minority faculty development programs and the impact of improved patient care handoff protocols on medical errors.
One study analyzed medical students' attendance at clinical- and tutorial-based activities against exam scores, finding a positive association between attendance and overall academic performance. Notable findings from the study include:
- Students who attended clinical- and tutorial-based activities at rates of 80 percent or higher were awarded with grades above the expected basic competency standard.
- The odds of earning such a grade increased with each 10 percent increase in student activity attendance.
- The majority of students who received failure grades had attendance rates lower than 80 percent.
In an effort to help close the gap between physician training and the demands of the contemporary health care system, the AMA recently launched its Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative, which has awarded grants of $1 million to 11 medical schools for bold and innovative projects to be executed over the next five years.
Among the projects are efforts to create new methods for individualizing students' learning pathways by measuring competencies, immerse students in such health care delivery activities as using EHRs and managing patient populations early in their educations, and foster inter-professional and lifelong learning skills.
Each of the schools are participating in an AMA-led consortium that will be identifying best practices and rapidly disseminating these insights to medical schools nationwide.
Be sure to check out a new video (LINK TO COME) on the AMA's initiative.