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Teaching tomorrow's physicians to be good stewards of health resources
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, Nov. 1 in Philadelphia from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 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.
Steven E. Weinberger, MD, FACP, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American College of Physicians, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the meeting. Teaching stewardship in procedural fields is the topic of a second keynote presentation, by Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR, professor of clinical radiology and neurosurgery at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Two members of a reactor panel will then respond to the presentations: Bonnie M. Miller, MD, senior associate dean for health sciences education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Maryellen E. Gusic, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs at Indiana University School of Medicine. Both institutions are among the 11 grant awardees in the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative.
In addition, Art Feldman, MD, executive dean and chief academic officer, Temple University School of Medicine, will open the meeting with a look at innovations underway at Temple. Also, AMA-SMS alternate delegate Ken Simons, MD, will lead a review of relevant AMA reports and resolutions slated for the AMA's Interim Meeting in mid-November.
Be sure to join the AMA-SMS to discuss stewardship, a most important topic for the future of medicine and the U.S. health care system. The section will meet in the Loews Hotel Philadelphia. See a draft schedule, now available on the AMA-SMS website.