On December 19-20, 2012, the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education held a public meeting to hear from experts on various aspects of graduate medical education. In the two days there were over 40 presenters representing professional organizations, training institutions, faculty and trainees.
George E. Thibault. MD, president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, presented on the second day of the conference. In his presentation, Dr. Thibault laid out six areas of innovation for graduate medical education including interprofessional and interdisciplinary education, new models of clinical education, new content to complement the biological sciences, competency based education, individualization of education and incorporation of new education and information technologies.
The Foundation’s ongoing work on graduate medical education reform was an important stimulus for the IOM’s review. For the next year the committee will assess current regulation, financing, content, governance, and organization of U.S. GME and recommend how to modify it to produce a physician workforce for a 21st century U.S. health care system. The final report by the IOM will be prepared in spring 2014.