Author Affiliations: Center for the Assessment and Management of Change in Academic Medicine (Dr Griner), and Division of Medical Education (Dr Danoff), Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC.
Medical education faces 3 major challenges: evolving education in response
to a changing society, eroding clinical dollars to support education with
pressure on clinicians to increase productivity, and lack of support for teaching
efforts. Changes in both the content and process of medical education are
influenced by multiple factors. Of utmost importance in directing changes
in the training of physicians is a commitment to respond to societal needs
Medical schools are seeking input from patients, their families, and
the community at large to identify concerns and new directions.1
At the same time, changes in curriculum, particularly in undergraduate medical
education, are being examined to determine if these changes reflect those
identified needs and expectations.2 Thus, we
must consider not only what is taught, but also how, where, and why.
Griner PF, Danoff D. Sustaining Change in Medical Education. JAMA. 2000;283(18):2429-2431. doi:10.1001/jama.283.18.2429