Expanding medical knowledge and technology can provide the healthcare system with what it needs to achieve higher levels of quality and safety, but medical schools first must prepare healthcare professionals for that opportunity by making their teaching environments "exemplars for the future of healthcare delivery," the Institute of Medicine said in a new report. The 160-page report, which was 18 months in the making, urged Congress to redirect a portion of funding for indirect medical education to foster educational innovations. Receipt of those funds should be contingent on implementation of medical and technological advances, testing of new educational approaches in both hospital and nonhospital settings, and evaluation of curricular and other needed reforms in clinical education. Priority for funding should be given to organizations that train multiple health disciplines -- such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and therapy -- to work together to coordinate and improve care and that use information technology in their clinical programs. Read the IOM report brief. -- by John Morrissey
IOM calls for innovation in medical education
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