Typically, many health professions students experience clinical education as a series of brief exposures to patients in hospital settings, where care is more urgent, episodic, and acute. The practice of health care, however, is moving rapidly in a different direction. An increasingly diverse patient population lives longer with chronic disease and the majority of patients are cared for in community clinics, neighborhood health centers, and even the home. While we will always need acute, hospital-based care, we must also prepare physicians, nurses, and other health professionals for team-based, patient-centered, community-oriented health care.
Changing the Status Quo
We support projects to devise, test, and implement new models of clinical education. These initiatives are providing health professions students and residents with more training in outpatient and community settings—places where the majority of health care occurs today.