AMA Marks Milestone in Efforts to Create the Med School of the Future

AMA News Release (04/09/18)

The American Medical Association (AMA) is promoting "bold, innovative ways to improve physician training that can be implemented across medical education." Meeting this week with officials from 32 medical schools, the AMA convened the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium in Providence, R.I. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is among the schools that developed a new curriculum as part of the AMA's initiative to reshape medical education in the United States. Using a $1 million grant it received in 2013 to work with the Consortium, Brown established "a first-in-the-nation program designed to train physicians who, with a focus on population and public health, can be future leaders in community-based primary care at the local, state or national level," according to the AMA. Brown's Primary Care-Population Medicine program was launched in 2015 to help its students learn how to deliver care that meets the needs of patients in modern health systems. This represents the main objective of "Health Systems Science," the third pillar of medical education identified by the Consortium. The pillar is intended to be integrated with the two existing pillars: basic and clinical sciences. Brown was among the 11 founding Consortium schools to formalize the strategy and write a textbook to help physicians navigate the changing landscape of modern health systems, especially as the nation's health care system moves toward value-based care. "Since launching this bold effort nearly five years ago, the AMA and our 32-medical school Consortium have made significant progress toward ensuring future physicians are prepared to meet the needs of patients in the modern health system," says AMA CEO & Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD. "This May, the first medical students to receive full training under the new curricula developed at some Consortium schools will begin to graduate—directly impacting the way that health care is delivered to patients nationwide."

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