Statement attributable to:
David O. Barbe, M.D.
President, American Medical Association

“As AMA President, it is my absolute pleasure to congratulate the 2018 graduating class of the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine. These men and women are among the very first medical school graduates to receive their training as part of our ongoing state-of-the-art effort aimed at transforming the way physicians are trained nationwide. Because of this innovative new curriculum, these future physicians will be better equipped to provide care in a practice environment of rapid progress, new technology, and changing expectations both from government and society.

“As physicians, we are bonded by our shared desire to help our patients, and I wish the class of 2018 much success as they pursue that passion. We look forward to continuing our efforts with IU and other medical schools throughout the country to accelerate change in medical education to ensure that even more future physicians learn about the newest technologies, health care reforms and scientific discoveries that continue to alter what physicians need to know to practice in modern health care systems.”

Through the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, IU School of Medicine has been working with leading medical schools over the last five years to develop innovative curricula that are currently being shared throughout the country. As one of the founding members of the AMA Consortium, IU School of Medicine was awarded a $1 million AMA grant in 2013 to work with the Regenstrief Institute to develop a way to incorporate electronic health record (EHR) training into its curriculum so it could be implemented by other medical schools. This is an important innovation given that the majority of today’s physicians are graduating from medical school without comprehensive training using EHRs.

IU School of Medicine’s 2018 graduating class is the first in the nation to use the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform throughout their training. This first-of-its-kind platform uses real, de- and mis-identified patient data to safely allow students to virtually care for patients with multiple, complex health conditions by navigating records, documenting encounters, and placing orders within an application that is similar to the EHRs used in practice. In addition to IU School of Medicine, the platform is currently in use at seven other medical and health professions schools in the U.S. reaching more than 3,000 learners.

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