Advancing the Education Model for 21st Century Medicine

Science, technology, and economics significantly impact the academic health center education mission.

There is an urgency to undertake new, more efficient, and more effective paradigms for health professions education. For further discussion, click on the links below.

Interprofessional education/practice and team-based care

As patient-centered team-based care gradually becomes the clinical norm, academic health centers are pursuing innovative ways to teach needed competencies and provide opportunities for learning in interprofessionsal and team-based settings.

Simulation/augmented reality

As patient-centered team-based care gradually becomes the clinical norm, academic health centers are pursuing innovative ways to teach needed competencies and provide opportunities for learning in interprofessionsal and team-based settings.

MOOCs and other online platforms

Increased use of simulation and augmented reality as teaching tools be academic health centers allows students to learn in more depth, and in a wider range of conditions and circumstances, than previous methods allowed.

Training the 21st century healthcare workforce

The rapid evolution of the health care system challenges academic health centers not only to adopt new training methods, but to train health professionals in new skills and competencies required to practice in a modern health system.

Adapting graduate medical education to 21st century medicine

Graduate medical education is handicapped by a federal GME program that has been frozen in time for decades. Academic health centers face numerous challenges in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of graduate medical education.

Length and cost of medical school education

To reduce student burnout and financial burdens that can create barriers to preferred career paths, academic health centers are exploring alternative approaches to curriculum design that shorten the length and cost of medical education.


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