This Month's News
$10 million AMA initiative to transform medical education under way
In January, James L. Madara, MD (left), executive vice president and CEO of the AMA, announced a new program to award $10 million in funding for medical education innovations. The event was featured in national media coverage, including American Medical News.
Through this program, the AMA has announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) from MD-granting medical schools in the United States for innovative projects that support the significant redesign of undergraduate medical education. Visit changemeded.org to learn more.
More than 100 medical schools, ranging from research institutions and private colleges to land-grant universities, registered to file a letter of intent by the Feb. 15 deadline. In early March, selected schools will be invited to submit a full proposal.
In his "On the Road" blog, AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, described the rationale behind the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education project. "It's time for the medical profession to rethink how medical students are trained so they are fully prepared for tomorrow's health care environment."
In a Health Affairs blog post, Susan Skochelak, MD, MPH, group vice president of Medical Education at the AMA, wrote that "rapid changes in health care require a transformation in the way future physicians are trained. They will need to be able to navigate new and increasingly complicated health information technologies, understand, and use advances in personalized medicine and many will need to know how to lead accountable care organizations."