oday, training our future leaders transcends traditional medical and science education. It must align with the modern health perspectives and priorities of millennials—like social responsibility, interprofessional collaboration, and humanism.
Now more than ever, medical education must understand and evolve with today's proactive, socially conscious students to be effective in shaping tomorrow's health care providers.
Social Responsibility: Generation of DOers
Fourth-year medical student Bianca Hall talks about the emphasis on social responsibility that exists among our future physicians. Her article Doctors that DO discusses the generation of doers that make up today’s osteopathic medical students classes, explaining that:
As aspiring osteopathic physicians, we all have a little of the A.T. Still spirit in us; we deliberately chose this path, and are inherently change agents. We are doctors that DO. Activism, social responsibility, advocacy, and ingenuity are at the core of our profession.
Hall goes on to describe how osteopathic physicians come from a long legacy of DOers:
We belong to a group of people who did not just sit and watch the world around them, but actively participated in and created the changes they wanted to see in society. As our time to transition from medical students to physicians rapidly approaches, I encourage you to be active. Do not allow your pursuit of medicine to isolate you from the world in which you live.
Let medicine be your vehicle for change. Our campuses vary greatly, but find ways to get involved. Learn about the needs of your community, participate in student organizations locally and nationally that support initiatives that interest you, join professional societies, probe your attendings and professors, converse with your peers, and engage your patients—there is no action that is too small. We are the change agents of today.
Better Together: Interprofessional Student Hotspotting
RowanSOM students participating in the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative
Co-authored by a group of Rowan medical students, Barriers to Good Health: An Interprofessional Learning Collaborative highlights successful outcomes of the overlapping of technology with practice, and the importance of collaboration, in order to successfully provide patient care.
Our participation in this initiative will allow each of us to
gain a better understanding of our roles as health care professionals, while increasing our
knowledge in working as an interdisciplinary team to provide holistic care to our patients.
Ultimately, this will expand our knowledge base beyond the clinical exam room in order to
successfully empower others to achieve good health.
No matter where our careers may take us, the importance of identifying patient barriers to health care, understanding the patient’s perspective, and finding our role in their care is of utmost importance. Doing so will ensure our success as future health care professionals and will enable us to continuously advocate for our patients.