Medical schools aim to make curricula mirror the real world

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Medical schools aim to make curricula mirror the real world (Modern Healthcare)

There is a growing push across the country for medical schools to “[re-evalute] how they prepare future doctors for their careers” specifically looking at better ways to address patient relationships, coordinated care, and population health.

For example, six medical schools across the United States have formed the National Transformation Network to address the growing gap in the relationship between doctors and their patients. With a curriculum that emphasizes character, competence and caring, the goal is to create more patient-centered care and to address the factors that lead to physician burnout.

But the National Transformation Network is just one example of how medical schools are collaborating with each other to revamp how current and future healthcare providers are trained. These initiatives are not without their barriers: “Because there is so much upheaval in healthcare—whether it's new payment models, increased use of technology, the push to consumerism, and more—faculty members have a hard time keeping up with it all and finding the best ways to teach new concepts. At the same time, traditional mentalities on what medical education should look like can be tough to break.”

Programs such as the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium are working to manage some of these issues, specifically helping those schools that are uncertain of where to begin. “The association recently released a textbook aimed at helping schools that are not part of the consortium adapt the new curriculum, which focuses on aspects of healthcare delivery not currently addressed in-depth during traditional medical education.”

In addition, newer medical schools such as the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and the Kaiser Permanente Medical School (slated to open in 2019) are emphasizing collaborative care, population health, complex problem solving, and community service to better prepare their students for the future of patient care.

Delaware’s Workforce and Education Committee is also prioritizing training and curriculum to prepare physicians and medical staff for the transformation of primary care practices. Through partnerships with Sidney Kimmel and Pennsylvania College, as well as with state and regional educational institutions, the Delaware Center for Health Innovation (DCHI) is focused on providing Delaware’s existing healthcare workforce with the tools needed to deliver team-based, integrated care, as well as ensuring cutting edge education and training opportunities for future health care providers in the state. For more information please visit us at

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