AMA Announces “Reimagined” Medical Education

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced the next phase of its Accelerating Change in Medical Education program, which is designed to create training programs more appropriately suited to the modern health-care system. The new plans aim to improve student well-being, address social determinants of health, improve quality of care, and enhance patient safety.

Launched in 2013, the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium includes 32 medical schools that have committed to a three-year plan to improve collaboration across institutions and disseminate educational innovations to medical schools across the country. The AMA will continue to convene and fund regular meetings of the consortium and plans to invite additional medical schools to join in the collaboration.

“Our consortium of medical schools has been an invigorating and productive community of innovation over the past five years,” AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD, said in a press release. “Knowing that our work to transform medical education is far from finished, the AMA is excited to continue to foster this environment where individuals and institutions can learn from each other and innovate.”

Newly announced projects include implementing competency-based programs, educating users about electronic health records, and increasing diversity in the medical profession. Many new programs also incorporate health-systems science to assist medical students in navigating the complex and changing U.S. health-care system.

Source: American Medical Association press release, October 2, 2018.