Medical schools must make significant changes to prepare students for a rapidly changing healthcare system, according to a report from a panel of 10 medical-school deans convened more than a year ago by the Association of American Medical Colleges. While the system has been successful so far, schools must modernize clinical curriculum and give young doctors more opportunities during residencies to care for the kinds of chronically ill patients that are likely to make up an important part of the physicians' future workload, the report said. In the short term, medical schools and teaching hospitals should support faculty whose main responsibility is education and should establish rigorous assessment programs to ensure that students and residents acquire the necessary knowledge and skills, the report said. Read the report. -- by Michael Romano
Deans recommend medical-school overhaul
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