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AMA Expands Consortium Focused on Improving Health IT and Patient Care

November 6, 2015
by Heather Landi
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The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced the 20 medical schools selected to join its Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium to reshape how physicians are trained, including the use of health IT, to improve health outcomes.

The AMA launched the Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative in 2013 with 11 medical schools with the aim of bridging the gap that exists between how medical school students are trained and how healthcare is delivered.  The expanded consortium will work to enhance the innovative work underway to create the “medical school of the future” and then spread the innovations to additional medical schools throughout the country, the AMA said in a release.

With the added schools, the now 31 school consortium will support training for an estimated 18,000 medical students who will one day care for 31 million patients each year.

The schools tapped to join the alliance will receive $75,000 over the next three years to advance the AMA’s innovative work aimed at transforming undergraduate medical education to better align with the 21st century health care system.

A national advisory panel selected the schools from among 170 eligible U.S. medical schools during a process in which schools had to propose redesigns of medical education curriculum. The grants will enable the schools to launch specialized programs, including one to help medical students develop skills in using telemedicine tools for patients in rural or remote communities. Another selected project proposed by one of the new schools incorporates medical students into care coordination teams in an accountable care organization aimed at improving care for patients with multiple chronic conditions.

“Our goal throughout this initiative has been to spread the robust work being done by our consortium to accelerate systemic change throughout medical education,” AMA CEO James  Madara, M.D, said. “By tripling the number of schools participating in this effort, we know that we will be able to more quickly disseminate the Consortium schools’ innovative curriculum models to even more schools—leading to the type of seismic shift that the medical education system needs so that future physicians can better care for their patients.”

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A full listing of the 20 new schools is included below:

A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (Mesa, AZ)

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (Cleveland, OH)

Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA)

Emory University School of Medicine (Atlanta, GA)

Florida International University (FIU) Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (Miami, FL)

Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA)

Morehouse School of Medicine (Atlanta, GA)

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (Cleveland, OH)

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (New Brunswick, NJ)

Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/City College of New York (New York, NY)

Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College (Philadelphia, PA)

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (Chicago, IL)

University of Connecticut School of Medicine (Farmington, CT)

University of Nebraska Medical Center/College of Medicine (Omaha, NE)

University of North Carolina School of Medicine (Chapel Hill, NC)

University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (Grand Forks, ND)

University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School (Austin, TX)

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (South Texas)

University of Utah School of Medicine (Salt Lake City, UT)

University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle, WA)

The list of selected schools, along with short descriptions of each school’s project, can be found online at www.changemeded.org.

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