CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) today kicked off its three-day ChangeMedEd 2017 national conference—bringing together more than 400 innovators from medical and health professions education, as well as health systems, to continue the work underway to transform the way future physicians are trained. The goal of the three-day conference is to further cultivate a community of innovation that will continue to accelerate change in medical education—by spreading innovations and emerging concepts from leading medical schools working together to create the medical school of the future.

“Over the past four years, the AMA has been working to identify the innovations needed to create the medical school of the future with 32 of the nation’s leading medical schools. We’ve made tremendous progress in transforming the medical education system to ensure future physicians are prepared to meet the needs of patients in the modern health system, but we know that we must continue to grow our community of innovation to further affect change,” said AMA President David O. Barbe, M.D. “We will continue to work with more leaders and innovators from medical and health professions education to prepare physicians to enter practice during a period of rapid progress, new technology, and changing expectations from government and society.”

During the first day of the conference, the AMA today unveiled its new “Coaching in Medical Education Handbook”—the latest innovation to emerge through its Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative—launched in 2013 with $11 million in grants to fund major innovations at 11 of the nation’s medical schools. The handbook was developed to offer best practices and recommendations for medical and health professions faculty who provide training for physicians-in-training and other clinicians.

The handbook is among several recent innovations developed through the AMA’s work with its 32-school Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium—formed to share best practices with a goal of widely disseminating the new and innovative curricula being developed. The AMA expanded its Consortium in 2015 with grants to an additional 21 schools to develop new curricula that better align undergraduate medical education with the modern health care system.

Last fall, through its work with the Consortium, the AMA launched a new health systems science textbook that is currently being used by medical schools across the country to help future physicians navigate the changing landscape of modern health care, especially as the nation’s health care system moves toward value-based care. Most recently, the AMA and the Regenstrief Institute announced a new collaboration to ensure more medical students and medical trainees gain real-world experience using electronic health records (EHRs) during their training. Created by Indiana University School of Medicine (IU)—one of the founding Consortium schools—along with the Regenstrief Institute, the newly enhanced Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform is currently being disseminated by the AMA and Regenstrief to medical schools across the country.

“As with all of the innovations developed by the Consortium schools, the AMA’s goal is to enable all medical schools across the country, not just those working with the AMA’s Consortium, to access this work and the Consortium’s expertise,” said Susan E. Skochelak, M.D. “We are excited by the innovation that continues to emerge through our Consortium work and we are eager to continue our journey to foster the type of innovation needed to further push the needle of change in medical education.”

During the conference, attendees will learn more about the innovative curriculum redesign projects underway as part of the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative that can be shared with other medical and health professions schools. The conference will also feature interactive presentations from representatives across the continuum of medical education, and health professions education, health systems and learning technology—offering attendees insights into the latest innovations in curricula, educational redesign and technology. Topics will include improving student and resident wellness to reduce burnout, training medical and health professions students to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, transformations needed to prepare medical students to enter residency, and other ways to ensure future physicians are prepared to practice in the modern health care system.

Editor’s Note: The following AMA Wire article provides additional details on the new “Coaching in Medical Education: A Faculty Handbook”:

Medical faculty get a playbook for newest role: academic “coach”

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