How medical education is changing

Selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine

Posted March 26, 2012

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Medical schools increasingly aren’t just about teaching physicians the science of being a doctor. They are adjusting what and how they teach to prepare would-be physicians for a more challenging practice environment. Increasingly, physicians in training are expected to know more about patient satisfaction and the social and behavioral aspects of care. Schools also are trying to steer students to particular settings to help alleviate physician shortages.

American Medical News has reported on these and other trends that will affect those who want to be physicians, as well as doctors already in practice who may be working alongside colleagues trained in a different way.

Revised MCAT places broader expectations on students

The Medical College Admission Test is being revised so it not only identifies prospective students’ scientific skills, but also analyzes their people skills. In an era when more importance is placed on patient satisfaction, the test is being redesigned so students will answer questions regarding patient communication and social and behavioral factors that affect health. Read story

Med schools promote training that lets students follow individual patients

Some schools are trying what they call longitudinal integrated clerkship, a training model that veers away from traditional clinical block rotations. The hope is that students learn what medical care is like from the patient’s perspective. Read story

Med schools seek right fit for rural practice

With physician shortages particularly acute in low-population areas, some medical schools are doing more to steer doctors to practice in rural environments. Some are recruiting, as early as high school, prospective students from rural areas, exposing students to rural environments, or opening new schools in such areas. u Read story

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Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

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American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

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Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

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Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

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Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

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How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

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Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

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Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

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