The making of the modern physician

Connected coverage — selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine.

Posted Feb. 11, 2013

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Medical schools, residency programs and physician organizations are re-examining how the next generation of doctors should be educated and trained.

American Medical News has reported on initiatives such as revamping the basics of medical education and broadening the view of new physicians about where they might practice. The common thread throughout these efforts is that both the skills and supply of future physicians must be in sync with the needs of a changing health care delivery system, an aging population and access to care issues created by a shortage of doctors.

AMA pledges millions to jump-start innovation in medical education

Reshaping undergraduate medical education is one of the three areas of focus in the five-year strategic plan of the American Medical Association that was announced in June 2012. Toward that end, the AMA will award $10 million to eight to 10 medical schools to foster teaching innovations. The grant program will begin Sept. 1.

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New GME model strives to keep doctors in underserved areas

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program is a different option to the traditional approach of graduate medical education. It involves training residents in community-based health centers. Educators believe that doctors who train in underserved communities will stay in those communities, and that can help prevent shortages of physicians in areas where access to care is a problem.

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Medical education still evolving 100 years after Flexner report

More than 100 years have passed since educator Abraham Flexner issued a report that recommended changes to medical education. Through the years, schools have embraced many of those initiatives, and many have implemented additional improvements in the past decade. Those include exposing students to clinical training in their first year and emphasizing a team-based approach to care.

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Med school on the fast track: A 3-year degree

By 2020, nationwide physician shortages are projected to reach 91,500 doctors. At the same time, medical student debt continues to be a burden to new physicians. One way that several medical schools are addressing such issues is to offer students a degree in three years instead of the traditional four.

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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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