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Report: new schools, new challenges
According to a recent report by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, some of the country's newest medical schools found it difficult to establish affiliations with hospitals in order to provide adequate clinical training to students.
The report details key challenges, strategies, and lessons learned by 15 of the newest schools, such as:
- The most effective clinical partners are health systems that already sponsor GME and are involved in educating medical students.
- Increased use of small group learning, simulation and standardized patients has had a major impact on the kind of space required. Replacing large gross anatomy labs and a standard medical library is space to provide students access to computers and for independent or small group study.
- The continued evolution of regional branch campus programs is a trend that bears watching.
In an interview on the Wing of Zock website, the report's author, Michael Whitcomb, MD, from the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, notes that new schools "have the opportunity to take innovative approaches to their curriculum. Making really substantial changes in the medical school curriculum can be a complicated process…. Many of the new schools have certainly done things that are innovative, both in the structure of the academic departments and introducing some unique new experiences."
Encouraging and spreading such innovation is one of the AMA's three key strategic goals, through its $11 million Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative.