Metamorphosis of Medical Education: The Cause
Over the last few decades, we have been watching the changes happening in the medical world and namely, in the education field. Specifically, the educational process has moved away from traditional classrooms towards environment and conditions most convenient for getting the skills and knowledge required for direct patient care.
The medical association of the US is currently actively involved in highlighting this new approach to its members and discusses the ways it can be applied in post-graduate training. On its website, they hosted a 3-day event aimed at getting more physicians involved in the redesign of medical education.
At the National Medical Conference in Chicago attended by top industry leaders, there were discussions about different experiences with the change of curriculum, longitudinal teaching, and in-depth assessment of American Medical Colleges Association. The attendees of the conference were attracted by the topics included:
- the major changes in the curriculum by contacting new partners and getting students, professors, system leaders and patients interested;
- integration of health systems and medical education for developing a learning culture in such organizations;
- use of IT for education enhancement, problem-solving, training quality and outcomes improvement, leadership development and assessment and professional practice;
- help for medical schools shifting to a new curriculum plan based on competency where students will have individualized learning plans with the opportunity to demonstrate how they achieve main competencies;
- teaching new disciplines focused on master’s- and doctoral level. For instance, Health Systems Science is the discipline spanning healthcare quality improvement, the increase of care value provided, patient safety enhancement, team collaboration, providing medical care based on population, health determinants recognition and deep understanding of healthcare advocacy, policy, and economics.
It demonstrated the increasing power of the American Medical Association in education, leading to positive changes and being a uniting force in medicine. We understand that changes are always difficult but they are also rewarding. They have important consequences for the medical community because we become better doctors through better relationships: both with our colleagues and patients. And what is most important: the successful change in educational culture can be achieved without huge funding or strict administrative rules.