California could be in for an overhaul of its medical education system.
A report due out next month is expected to make some sweeping recommendations about teaching doctors, including how to make them more adept at managed care.
What California comes up with could affect how medicine is taught nationwide.
The recommendations will come from a 28-member commission appointed last year by Richard Atkinson, University of California president. Composed of state and national healthcare leaders, the commission was charged with looking at the future of medical education and suggesting changes the university should make to respond to the state's healthcare needs.
Some of what the commission focused on includes teaching doctors to work in managed care and training them to work outside hospitals in more community-based clinics.
"That's probably one of the most important," said Arlyss Anderson, a doctoral student and research associate working with the commission.
Like other groups, the commission also is tackling the makeup of California's physician work force. More of the state's residents are trained as specialists now, but the commission wants to see that trend reversed so a greater number become primary-care doctors, Anderson said.
The University of California system is the country's largest health science and medical training program with more than 12,000 students enrolled in medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy and other health professions. UC medical schools teach about 2,600 medical students each year or almost two-thirds of the state's total.