20 schools join AMA effort to bring medical education into the future

Harvard, Emory and Rutgers medical schools among new participant institutions

Harvard Medical School, Emory University School of Medicine and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School are among 20 new institutions joining the American Medical Association's effort to create innovative ways to improve medical education.

The AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium started in 2013 to bring medical education into the 21st century and ensure when students enter the workforce they can hit the ground running, Susan E. Skochelak, M.D., AMA Group Vice President for Medical Education, said in a press call Wednesday.

The initiative originally included 11 medical schools charged with the task of evolving curriculum to better prepare physicians for changes in the healthcare landscape.

Projects that came out of those first 11 schools included one at Indiana University School of Medicine, which created a teaching electronic health record using de-identified data, AMA CEO James Madara, M.D., said on the call.

"Many medical schools around the country are taking notice of these innovations and are working with consortium members to incorporate some of these models into their own curriculum," he said.

The new schools will build up the programs created by the initial 11, as well as working on their own project ideas, which include developing advanced simulation and telemedicine technologies and addressing unique healthcare needs of underserved and diverse communities, Skochelak said.

One of the consortium's founding members, New York University School of Medicine, is helping its students gain a better understanding of the use and interpretation of large data sets in healthcare. Students who are in their first and second years of medical school must participate in a project centered on "healthcare by the numbers" where they are given anonymous patient information and must use analytical tools to examine the data.

Many universities and colleges also are offering new certificates and degrees in healthcare technology to help current students and those already in the workforce better leverage new innovations flooding the industry.

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