Future physicians will need to do more than deliver high-quality care. To be effective in the modern health care system, they will need to possess the ability to lead teams and participate in positive change.

Consortium schools are integrating leadership and teamwork training into curricula that will prepare today's medical students to become future leaders.

Consortium schools are implementing new learning experiences in leadership, including identified leadership tracks that focus on hands-on experiential education, advanced coursework and learning exercises.

"We need physicians who can use resources wisely, who can work in partnerships with patients and their families, who can work within communities to improve the health of the communities, who can be effective leaders in health care systems."

Susan E. Skochelak, MD, MPH, group vice president, medical education, AMA

Read this paper, Shifting the Curve: Fostering Academic Success in a Diverse Student Body,  exploring the interventions developed and implemented by the faculty at the Morehouse School of Medicine to enhance the academic success of their underrepresented in medicine (URM) students. To assess the outcomes of this work, the authors analyzed the MCAT scores and subsequent Step 1 scores of students in the graduating classes of 2009-2014. They also reviewed course evaluations, graduation questionnaires, and student and faculty interviews and focus groups.

On April 28, 2016, the AMA hosted a tweet chat with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Mayo Clinic to discuss ways to improve and maintain wellness among trainees.

This issue is of vital importance because burnout affects physicians across the continuum, including during training.

Read a paper, Medical Student Perceptions of the Learning Environment, on data from the Learning Environment Study, a 5-year project funded by the AMA, that indicates learning communities are associated with medical students having a more positive perception of the learning environment. Learn more about this study in this paper published in Academic Medicine.

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