AMA announces $10 million initiative to attract future docs

The American Medical Association is looking for a big idea on how to change the way future physicians are trained—a $10 million idea, to be exact.

The AMA—the nation’s largest doctor group—last week announced a $10 million competitive grant initiative to “attract bold, innovative projects to transform the way medical schools train future physicians.” They said they will provide the money over the next five years to fund 8-10 projects that support a significant redesign of undergraduate medical education.

“Rapid changes in health care require a transformation in the way we train future physicians,” AMA President Dr. Jeremy Lazarus said. “The AMA is deeply committed to redesigning undergraduate medical education to prepare the medical students of today for the health care of tomorrow.”

Among what the AMA is looking for in ideas is developing new methods for teaching and assessing key competencies for medical students and fostering methods to create more flexible, individualized learning plans. They also are looking for ideas that promote “exemplary methods to achieve patient safety, performance improvement and patient-centered team based care.”

The initiative comes as health reform continues to change the medical landscape and as a physician shortage looms. Approximately 30 to 40 million uninsured Americans may flood doctors’ offices once the individual mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act goes into effect next year.

Interested medical schools must submit brief proposal ideas by Feb. 15. Winners will be announced in June.

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