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AMA Expanding EHR Training, Medical Education Consortium

AMA proposed new projects for its Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium and plans to continue EHR training programs.

AMA will expand its EHR training and medical education consortium.

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By Kate Monica

- The Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium launched by AMA in 2013 to promote EHR training, physician leadership, and other skills is so far yielding positive results, the association stated October 2.

AMA and its 32 medical school partners recently committed to spending an additional three years on projects geared toward transforming medical education to better prepare students for a digitized, evolving healthcare landscape.

Eleven schools made an initial five-year commitment to participate in the consortium with AMA in 2013. An additional 21 schools joined the initiative in 2016. Consortium participants include the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University, Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, and other institutions.

The association proposed new consortium projects centered on improving student well-being, addressing social determinants of health, boosting care quality, and enhancing patient safety.

“Our consortium of medical schools has been an invigorating and productive community of innovation over the past five years,” said AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James Madara, MD.

“Knowing that our work to transform medical education is far from finished, the AMA is excited to continue to foster this environment where individuals and institutions can learn from each other and innovate,” he added.

The consortium will also continue work on its existing competency-based programs and EHR training programs, as well as curricula intended to promote physician leadership, team care skills, health equity, and diversity in the physician workforce.

“This next phase of work will allow consortium schools to continue to explore new concepts and create new solutions for medical education — impacting the national direction of medical education and better preparing all of our future physicians for practice in the continually changing health care environment,” said Madara.

So far, 19,000 medical students have received EHR training and developed other useful skills by participating in the consortium’s education model.

The consortium utilizes the Regenstrief Institute’s EHR Clinical Learning Platform to familiarize students with order entry, clinical documentation, population health management, clinical decision-support, and other clinical processes.

AMA plans to expand the impact of the consortium by continuing this work and following through on new projects. Additionally, the association stated it will invite other medical schools to collaborate on medical education projects to expand the reach of the consortium in the future.

Future changes to the consortium’s medical school curricula will ensure students have a seamless transition into residency.

In spring 2018, AMA celebrated the first graduating class from its Accelerating Change in Medical Education consortium schools.

Graduates of the consortium enter the medical field with an awareness of how to effectively use EHR technology. Graduating students have high expectations for how EHR systems should evolve to support value-based care and care quality improvement.

“We’ve produced new physicians who are adaptive learners, capable team leaders with a greater awareness of policy,” said Madara at the 2018 AMA Annual Meeting. “This is a major shift in medical education. Consequently, this requires creation of resources for this new type of physician throughout her career.”

This summer, AMA adopted a new policy to promote EHR use training in medical schools as part of its effort to reduce administrative burden associated with clinical documentation and ensure future physicians are prepared to succeed in a digitized healthcare system.

The association encouraged medical schools and residency programs to provide clinical documentation and EHR training that can be evaluated and demonstrated as useful in clinical practice. AMA also recommended medical schools and residency programs provide EHR professional development resources for faculty to ensure appropriate modeling of EHR use during physician and patient interactions.

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