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Last week the New York Times’ Denise Grady reported on the “Drawn-Out Medical Degree,” and shared how many leading institutions today are shortening their medical school curriculums to three years. Administrators at several of today’s leading medical schools say there are compelling reasons to speed up the process, including reducing medical school debt and allowing doctors to start their careers earlier.
Many more schools around the country already have programs to move students more quickly through their medical education, overhauling the curriculum to be more competency-based rather than time-based. For example, we are currently funding a project with the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Board of Pediatrics and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to pilot a competency-based curriculum with pediatrics at four sites across the country. Similarly, our work with Hofstra University will help develop competency-based assessment tools that educators will be able to use for small group teaching.
Learn more about our work developing new models for clinical education.