Traditionally, the closest that first-year medical students got to real, live patients were the real, dead cadavers they dissected in gross anatomy classes. That is starting to change in a big way, as more medical schools that are part of an innovative AMA effort to reshape medical education see a win-win for patients and medical training that comes as a result of incorporating medical students into their health systems during trainees’ early days.
Learning begins in medical school then extends throughout a physician’s career. In an effort to expand the scope of its medical education goals, the AMA this week announced a new program aimed at transforming residency. As it did with its original efforts to alter undergraduate medical education, the AMA is looking to work with training institutions on a funded, five-year commitment to best address the workforce needs of the current and future health care system.