The American Medical Association (AMA) awarded the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine a $75,000 grant over three years to implement innovative curricula to help shape the medical school of the future. UNC was one of 20 schools nationwide to receive the award as part of the AMA’s grant program for changing medical education, bringing the total number of schools in the consortium to 31. The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is already part of the consortium.
“We’ve asked for and are starting to receive a medical education system that keeps pace with the state of change” said AMA CEO and executive vice president James Madara, MD in announcing the grant. “Students must be ready to recognize and respond to health inequity, respond to population health, and be ready on Day One to put best practices … to work. The work of the consortium will give physicians these skills and more.”
Some of the innovative grant projects underway include models for competency-based student progression, programs that allow medical students to be totally immersed within the health care system from the first day of medical school and increased use of technology to teach electronic health record and patient outcomes skills.