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n 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) created the Transforming Medical Education Initiative as a first step toward resolving the discrepancy between how medical students are trained and how health care is delivered. In support of the efforts of the AMA Transformation Initiative, the Association has also launched the 2015 Medical Education Innovation Challenge for students. This initiative allows medical students to contribute to building the medical school of the future, and participate in the transformation of medical education.

Closing the Gap

Despite the rapid opening of new medical schools and the curricular updates of existing schools in recent years, physician education hasn’t always kept up with health care system changes, creating the need to accelerate change in medical education. To narrow this gap, the AMA is seeking proposals from students for how to ‘turn med ed on its head‘ and transform medical education to better prepare future physicians for the evolving U.S. health care system.

Medical students across the country are invited to join this national initiative to advance medical education. In order to participate, teams of two to four DO and/or MD students must create and lead their teams in submitting innovative ideas.

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Submissions for the AMA Medical Education Innovation Challenge are due by Friday, December 11, 2015.

Innovations in Medical Education

Written proposals should describe an innovation that addresses what students think is an important aspect of the medical school of the future, and the implications of that innovation in preparing medical students for the changing environment of our health care system. Proposed innovations can focus on the following areas:

  • Students
  • Medical school infrastructure
  • Curriculum content
  • Faculty
  • Learning environments
  • Technology

Most importantly, proposals should describe how the innovation leads to graduates who are prepared to meet the health care needs of the future.

The top three teams will win cash prizes, and their proposals will be shared with key members of the medical education community. The first-place team also will be invited to present their innovation at the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium meeting in March 2016. Winners will be announced in February 2016.

For more information about the Medical Education Innovation Challenge, submission requirements, and evaluation criteria, visit the AMA Innovation Challenge website.

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October 2015
Vol. 9, No. 10