AMA Sets Out to Transform Physician Training

Medical schools interested in competing for a $10 million grant program must submit brief proposals by Feb. 15.

The American Medical Association has decided to offer $10 million through a competitive grant initiative to attract new and innovative ideas for transforming how medical schools train prospective physicians. "Rapid changes in health care require a transformation in the way we train future physicians. The AMA is deeply committed to redesigning undergraduate medical education to prepare the medical students of today for the health care of tomorrow," AMA President Dr. Jeremy A. Lazarus explained.

The "Accelerating Change in Medical Education" initiative offers $10 million during the next five years to fund eight to 10 projects "that support a significant redesign of undergraduate medical education," AMA explained in its announcement. It asked interested medical schools to submit proposals by Feb. 15.

Funding will be awarded for:

  • Developing new methods for teaching and/or assessing key competencies for medical students and ways to create more flexible, individualized learning plans
  • Promoting exemplary methods to achieve patient safety, performance improvement, and patient-centered team based care and improving understanding of the health care system and health care financing during medical training
  • Enhancing the development of professionalism throughout the medical education learning environment

"In keeping with the AMA's historic leadership in all levels of physician education, we are excited to continue our work to improve medical education for patients and physicians," Lazarus said. "We hope to find and support proposals to develop innovative new education models that can be duplicated in medical schools across the country."

For more information and a video about the initiative, visit www.changemeded.org.

AMA indicated it will invite selected schools to submit a full proposal by May 15 and will announce the grant winners during its annual meeting in June 2013.

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