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UNC School of Medicine Joins with AMA to Create Medical School of the Future

Media Contact: Jamie Williams, Jamie.williams@unchealth.unc.edu, 984-974-1149

On Wednesday, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced that the UNC School of Medicine has been selected to join the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. The national consortium will work together to enhance the innovative work underway at each member institution to create the medical school of the future and spread their innovations to additional medical schools across the country.

“We were thrilled to be selected and are excited about the opportunity to work with medical schools from across the country to exchange ideas and continue working to modernize and transform medical education,” said Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, UNC School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Education.

UNC was one of 20 medical schools announced Wednesday as the newest members of the consortium, joining the 11 schools recognized by the AMA in 2013. UNC will receive $75,000 over the next three years from the AMA to continue working towards transforming medical education to better align with the needs of the 21st century health care system. UNC was selected from among 170 eligible U.S. medical schools by a national advisory panel.

“Our goal throughout this initiative has been to spread the robust work being done by our consortium to accelerate systemic change throughout medical education,” said AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD.

UNC was the only North Carolina medical school among the 20 medical schools chosen to join the consortium this year. East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine was one of the 11 selected in 2013.

UNC was recognized by the AMA for its “student-centered and patient-based integrated, modern curriculum,” Translational Education at Carolina (TEC). Launched in 2014, the new curriculum aims to transform the way medical students learn the art and science of medicine by bringing together integrated basic science and clinical skills blocks, longitudinal patient care experiences, and flexible clinical experiences that give students opportunities in specialty fields well before they apply to residency programs.

According to Byerley, the funding will be used to develop a leadership curriculum for students that will emphasize inter-professional education and population health.

“New physicians need to understand the changing health care landscape and be prepared to use their skills as leaders in a satisfying clinical experience,” Byerley said. “The goal is to achieve the quadruple aim of improving the patient experience, improving the health of the population and keeping costs low, while also improving provider satisfaction and reducing burnout.”

According to Susan E. Skochelak, MD, MPH, AMA Group Vice President for Medical Education, UNC’s mission perfectly aligns with the overall goal of the initiative.

“By working together, we believe that during the next several years this effort will produce physicians who are not just skilled clinicians, but system-based thinkers, change agents, technology champions and inter-professional team players,” Skochelak said.

For more information on the consortium, a full list of selected schools and short descriptions of each school’s projects, click here.

To read more about UNC’s TEC Curriculum, click here.