Accelerating Change in Medical Education

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Joined January 2016

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine has implemented a student-centered and patient-based integrated, modern curriculum called Translational Education at Carolina.

This curriculum responds to the changing health care environment with an individualized design built on the principles of promoting the development of leadership skills, professionalism, ethics, humanism and service to others.

2019 spring consortium meeting

Poster presented: Advancing the TEC Curriculum: Leadership, IPE and Adding Value (PDF)

Need/gap addressed:

Given the push for efficiency in the clinical environment students must add value as they are present for meaningful education. With the expectation of entrustability regarding documentation at the start of internship, medical students must learn to document their clinical encounters while concurrently decreasing the work burden of their faculty. UNC has optimized the CMS policy change for the benefit of students, faculty, and patients.

With the policy change we undertook a faculty development initiative to ensure proper implementation of the policy

Student and faculty feedback has been outstanding. Students are thrilled to have more significant contributions to the work of the practice and team, and faculty are pleased to have the support. We have not learned of instances of abuse regarding inappropriate utilization of students as scribes. Our partner health systems have similarly modified their policies.

Principal investigator: Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, Vice dean, education