News and Commentary The Changing Landscape of Medical Education

A recent article in The Washington Post asks whether or not medical school should be shortened to three years, and highlights medical programs across the country that are “fast tracking” its students as a way to get more doctors into the field sooner.

One example: With support from Macy, the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Colorado, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Utah are piloting competency-based pediatric residency programs. Rather than advancing students through the schools’ pediatric residency programs in the traditional, “fixed-time” model (four years of medical school plus three years of residency training), students will be advancing as they master each competency required to practice.

It is clear that the health professions education landscape is changing, and that new models of education are critical to ensure our healthcare workforce is meeting the needs of the public.

Learn more about the initiative.

More News and Commentary

George Thibault on Teaching the Social Factors of Health

There is increasing attention being given to the relationship between social factors and health care. This month, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America released a set of...

National Center Launches New Collection of Measurement Instruments for IPE

Dr. Barbara Brandt from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education shares how the Center is serving as a resource about what’s happening now—on the ground, in the field—in interprofessional...

Macy Faculty Scholar Webinar Recording Now Available

Watch the full recording of the January 7, 2014 Macy Faculty Scholar Webinar.

Macy Faculty Scholar Sandrijn van Schaik on Improving Communication Between Health Professionals

Sandrijn M. van Schaik, MD, PhD, of the University of California San Francisco discusses her research as a Macy Faculty Scholar to examine communication between health care professionals.