Redesigning Medical Education to Create the Physician of the Future

Becker's Hospital Review (10/19/18) Garrett, Robert C.

Challenges facing future physicians are driving development of new medical education strategies, with institutions on target to realize 30 percent growth in the next school year, in keeping with long-term recommendations from the Association of American Medical Colleges, writes Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. Many institutions are working with students with patients earlier in their training processes, and a number are phasing out lectures in favor of interactive study. Seton Hall University's Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine reflects this evolution with a curriculum that matches students with teams helping families in underserved communities. The teams work closely with the families, and students must also attend meetings in the towns where their assigned families live, giving them a better idea of the community culture. Of the program, one student noted, "It made me realize there's so much more to a patient than what you see in a doctor's office." Garrett concludes, "These human-centered programs, combined with traditional rigorous science, will no doubt create a physician workforce up to the challenge of a new state of medicine."

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