To give EHRs and ICD-10 their due, turn over 2 years of medical school
LETTER — Posted Nov. 26, 2012
Regarding “Medical student training in EHRs found lacking” (link):
I have a simple solution, involving medical school curriculum changes, solving the problem of the students’ deficient education in electronic health records.
First year: pre-clinical basic science.
Second year: six two-month clinical rotations specifically emphasizing diagnostics and therapeutics based on best practice algorithms.
Third year: six months intensive coding curriculum with emphasis on ICD-10, followed by six months of training related to government compliance.
Senior year: devoted to hands-on EHR training to help the burgeoning future providers to embrace the robust electronic systems.
Jerome C. Pierce Jr., MD, Laguna Hills, Calif.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/11/26/edlt1126.htm.