Accelerating change in medical education. The AMA: Giving $10 million to U.S. medical schools.

Overview

With the nation's health care system evolving in new and complex ways, the American Medical Association is dedicated to helping shape a better, healthier future for the entire nation.

To this end the AMA is embarking on a new strategic vision with three areas of focus:

These three focus areas are now helping to drive important aspects of the AMA's long-term goals.

Purpose

One of the AMA's long-term goals is to have a significant positive impact on physician training and the medical profession. Across the continuum of physician education, the gap between how physicians are trained and the future needs of our health care system continues to widen. Through its "Accelerating Change in Medical Education" initiative—with its aim of altering undergraduate medical education significantly through bold, rigorously evaluated innovations—the AMA is working to close this gap.

In looking to align medical student training with the rapidly changing health care environment, grant funding has been awarded to medical schools for:

  • Developing new methods for teaching and/or assessing key competencies for medical students and to foster methods to create more flexible, individualized learning plans
  • Promoting exemplary methods to achieve patient safety, performance improvement and patient-centered team-based care
  • Improving medical students' understanding of the health care system and health care financing
  • Optimizing the learning environment

The AMA has committed to provide $11 million over the next five years to fund selected innovations.

Timeline

In January 2013 the AMA, announced this funding opportunity to MD-granting medical schools in the United States. More than 80 percent of eligible medical schools submitted letters of intent.

In June 2013 the AMA announced the schools selected to receive funding through this program.

On Sept. 1, 2013, schools will begin their projects.

Ongoing work will continue at each school site and within an AMA-convened consortium where schools will share information, collaboratively evaluate outcomes and widely disseminate successful innovations.

To learn about the recipient schools' ground-breaking projects and the efforts of the consortium, visit the Grant Projects.