Accelerating Change in Medical Education

$370,000 in AMA grants will help drive rigorous med ed innovations

Fifteen medical schools and institutions are getting grant funding from the AMA to advance innovative ideas that will transform education in areas such as curriculum, faculty development, coaching, systems approaches to learning, and competency-based medical education.

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The grants were announced during the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium’s ChangeMedEd® 2019 conference and total $370,000. The funding will help medical educators advance medical education changes that are feasible, scientifically rigorous, creative and adaptable to other institutions.

“Over the past six years, the AMA has invested more than $30 million to redesign physician training because we know that significant changes are needed to ensure future physicians are prepared to meet the needs of patients in the modern health system,” said AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD.

“By continuing to invest in and expand upon our community of innovation, we will together be able to more quickly make the changes needed to better prepare physicians to enter practice during a period of rapid progress, new technology, and changing expectations from government and society,” Dr. Madara added. “We will continue to work with more leaders and innovators from medical education and health systems to drive the future of medicine.”

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These 11 medical schools and institutions are each getting $30,000 in funding under the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Innovation Grant Program:

  • Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
  • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York.
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Fla.
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.
  • University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, Richmond.
  • Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.
  • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J.

Meanwhile, separate $10,000 grants will go to:

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
  • Rayos Contra Cancer, San Francisco.
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson.
  • VCU School of Medicine.

The work of last year’s inaugural AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Innovation Grant Program recipients represents a wide array of medical education innovations in areas such as health-systems science curriculum, digital health literacy, EHR education, and case-based teaching in social medicine.

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One of these grant projects, at the University of Michigan Medical School, involved creating to guide to help medical students and residents understand their role in a coaching relationship. The guide, It Takes Two: A Guide to Being a Good Coachee, is being disseminated through the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium and will be available to all medical schools.

The guide was developed as a companion to the AMA’s Coaching in Medical Education Handbook, which offers best practices and recommendations for medical and health professions faculty who provide training for physicians-in-training and other clinicians.