Physicians need to rapidly access and interpret continuously evolving information and to understand how the use of new data supports the delivery of the best patient care.

One of the aims of the consortium is to assist physicians in becoming master adaptive learners—expert, self-directed, self-regulated and lifelong workplace learners.

Preparing today's medical students for careers in the changing health care system requires more than clinical skills. Faculty must help medical students develop skills in adaptive learning, too.

"We have no idea what medical systems will look like 10 years from now when today's students will enter the workforce, let alone when they've been in practice 20 years. By training them to be master adaptive learners, we are giving them the tools to adapt."

Martin V. Pusic MD, PhD, co-investigator and director, learning analytics; assistant professor of emergency medicine, New York University School of Medicine

The Master Adaptive Learner book

Tomorrow’s best physicians will be those who continually learn, adjust and innovate as new information and best practices evolve, reflecting adaptive expertise in response to practice challenges. As the first volume in the American Medical Association’s MedEd Innovation Series, The Master Adaptive Learner is an instructor-focused guide covering models for how to train and teach future clinicians who need to develop these adaptive skills and utilize them throughout their careers.

Exploring the characteristics and context that allow Master Adaptive Learners to thrive

Read this paper, in which researchers examine the important internal and contextual factors that can impede or foster Master Adaptive Learning.

Fostering the development of Master Adaptive Learners

Read this paper, in which researchers describe a conceptual literature-based model for a Master Adaptive Learner that provides a shared language to facilitate exploration and conversation about both successes and struggles during the learning process.

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