News and Commentary Piloting Competency-Based Training in Pediatrics

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is pleased to support an exciting new training model for medical students pursuing a career in pediatrics.

Rather than advancing through their training in the traditional, “fixed-time” model (four years of medical school plus three years of residency training), students in this new program will advance from medical school through residency as they master each competency required to practice pediatrics.

This competency-based approach to health professions education has the potential to better prepare students for practice in their chosen specialty, providing them with experiences tailored to their career pathway much earlier in their training.

Four academic medical centers —the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Colorado, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Utah—will pilot the pediatric training program, recruiting the first cohort of students this year.

The project, led by the American Board of Pediatrics, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), will provide valuable insight into the feasibility of moving toward this new model of clinical education for all health professions.

For more details about the three-year grant, read the full grant profile, or AAMC’s press release about the new project.

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