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February 2015

High-Value, Cost-Conscious Medical Education

Author Affiliations
  • 1Mayo Clinic Online Learning, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2Division of General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
  • 3Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(2):109-111. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.2964

Health care professionals must balance the harms and costs of tests and treatments against the potential benefits in order to provide high-value, cost-conscious care.1 Clinical researchers, in turn, identify the diagnostic tests, treatments, delivery systems, and clinical pathways that will provide an evidence-based foundation for patient care. Unfortunately, despite a growing recognition of the economic stressors in medical education systems2 and an awareness that instructional approaches vary in their effectiveness,3-5 the paradigm of value has been applied in only a limited fashion to medical education.6

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