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On November 4, the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education (BRC) publically announced the release of its white paper report, Building the Future: Educating the 21st Century Physician. The report was published in conjunction with a study featured in the November edition of Health Affairs, which analyzed the concepts and recommendations from the report. The commission also launched a new website, here, which includes the full report, Health Affairs article abstract and link to the full article, FAQs on the BRC findings, and more.

Under the leadership of co-chairs Boyd R. Buser, DO, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) and Marc B. Hahn, President and CEO, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB), the commission was formed and tasked with recommending changes needed to prepare and train primary care physicians for the evolving U.S. health care system. The report serves as a comprehensive summary of more than two years of collaborative work among commission members and affiliates towards crafting these recommendations.

The BRC’s report outlines five key principles for a new pathway for osteopathic medical education:

  • Focus on community needs served by primary care physicians
  • Advancement based on knowledge, not years of study
  • Boost clinical experience
  • Require a range of experience
  • Require modern health system literacy

The central outcome of the report suggests that medical schools, which enroll nearly one in four medical students in the United States, should develop programs in partnership with teaching hospitals and other training sites to provide more hands-on learning, and provide students with the opportunity to advance in their training based upon satisfying measures of competency instead of a prescribed number of months of study. The goal is to efficiently and effectively train primary care-focused physicians who can deliver team-based care and will be proficient in prevention, health care systems planning, leadership, and emerging health information technology.

The Blue Ribbon Commission for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education (BRC) was set-up as an independent group by the AACOM and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). For more information on the BRC report, commission members, and more, visit here.

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November 2013
Vol. 7, No. 11