No. 1 med school? Study questions rankings
The rankings of U.S. News and World Report's popular annual listing of medical schools may not be as reliable as thought, according to a recent study in Academic Medicine.
Since 1984, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the "top" colleges and universities in the United States, releasing annual lists of undergraduate and graduate programs. Medical schools are ranked by specialty.
For the study, researchers at the University of California Davis School of Medicine Center for Healthcare Policy and Research analyzed the magazine'srankings of primary care medical schools. They conclude that the evaluation criteria are problematic and note that variability shown in the rankings "is greater than could be plausibly attributed to actual changes in training quality."
The AMA is committed to changing the ways in which medical education is offered in the United States through its Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative. Learn more about this initiative and its role in helping improve medical education across the nation.
Teaching future physicians good resources stewardship
Teaching students and residents about stewardship of health care resources is a key concern facing academic medicine and health care as a whole.
The AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) will examine this issue at its next meeting in Philadelphia on Nov. 1, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Register now for the SMS meeting, which is free to attend.
Participants will examine how medical schools can ensure that physicians-in-training understand the need to consider cost of care in clinical decisions and to avoid overuse and misuse of resources.
Be sure to join the AMA-SMS to discuss this important topic for the future of medicine and the U.S. health care system. The section will meet in the Loews Hotel Philadelphia. See the meeting schedule.
Also, during the SMS meeting, attendees will review a number of resolutions related to medical education will be considered by the AMA House of Delegates at its Interim Meeting in November. These items are available via the I-13 meeting website.
Rowan U. wins latest AMA-MSS event award
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine is the latest winner of the AMA Medical Student Section's (MSS) "Event of the Month" award, which showcases recruitment, community service, education and AMA-MSS National Service Project events coordinated by individual AMA medical student sections.
Rowan University won for its "Scavenger Hunt" recruitment event held in August for the incoming class of medical students during their orientation week. The local medical student section coordinated a variety of tasks for the first-year medical students to complete to help them learn more about their medical school, engage with the upperclassmen students and faculty, and encourage teamwork and effective communication.
Following the scavenger hunt, ice cream was catered from a local company with funds provided by the AMA, and the first-year students received additional information on the AMA and benefits from the upperclassmen members.
Is your AMA medical student section holding similar events? When you request a grant through the AMA Section Involvement Grant (SIG) program, you are automatically eligible for the "Event of the Month" award, which the AMA selects each month. At the end of the school year, all monthly awards will be showcased in June at the AMA-MSS Annual Assembly Meeting and be voted on by students for one "Event of the Year" winner.
Through the SIG program, the AMA-MSS provides an opportunity for local AMA medical student sections to:
- Educate students about the AMA and provide an opportunity for students to get more involved.
- Help put AMA policy into action by providing a service to medical school campuses or communities.
- Engage in activities that focus on AMA's top priorities.
News and notes
- Article, editorial in Bloomberg Businessweek look at costs of training physicians in offshore medical schools.
- AMA Foundation grants Physicians of Tomorrow Awards to 21 rising fourth-year medical students nationwide. Each student will receive a $10,000 scholarship to assist with tuition.
- Three-year medical schools: A good idea, or not so much? (New England Journal of Medicine).
- Two medical schools seek to transform medical education, place greater responsibility on future doctors in convincing patients to practice healthy lifestyles (University of South Carolina).
- LSU seeking accreditation approval for a Baton Rouge branch of its New Orleans-based medical school (Baton Rouge Advocate).
- HHS awards grant for LGBT medical school curriculum (Care 2).
- At Central Michigan University College of Medicine, founding dean Ernie Yoder, MD, describes the challenges and successes of starting a new medical school (The Morning Sun).
AMA resources for medical schools and students
- Mentor students, residents and fellows via AMA program.
- Learn about the AMA Medical Student Section.
- Learn about the AMA Section on Medical Schools.
- Learn about the AMA Council on Medical Education.
- Follow the AMA professional ethics Twitter page, and look for the #MedEdAMA hashtag for tweets on the AMA's Twitter page about medical education.