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AMA picks finalists for $10 million medical education initiative

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted April 1, 2013

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The American Medical Association in March narrowed the field of applicants for its five-year, $10 million medical education grant program. The Association selected the proposals from 119 medical schools that applied.

“More than 80% of U.S. medical schools submitted brief letters of intent outlining their ideas to redesign medical education — an outstanding response that demonstrates medical schools are ready and willing to implement bold, transformative and innovative ideas,” said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD. “We’ve narrowed these initial applications down to 31 exciting ideas, and we look forward to reviewing the full proposals in the coming months to find the ones that can best align with the changing needs of our health care system.”

In announcing the initiative, the AMA said it is seeking applicants who will make big changes in how they teach and evaluate medical students, using techniques such as individualized learning plans and focusing more on patient safety and quality improvement.

The 31 finalist applications came from 28 individual medical schools and three collaborative groups of schools. The schools will submit their full proposals by May 15, and eight to 10 winning entries will be announced in June at the AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The schools will share the grant funding over a five-year period starting in September. More information about the initiative is available at an AMA website (link).

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