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Restructuring residency education key to healthcare reform, says MedPAC

Residency Program Insider, June 23, 2009

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The future of the healthcare delivery system has received a lot of attention lately with President Obama’s speech to the AMA last week . Now, it’s the focus of The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) June report.

The MedPAC report states that restructuring medical school and residency program curricula will be critical to reforming the healthcare delivery system. Currently, the curricula is misaligned with the efforts and goals of restructuring healthcare. MedPAC says GME should shift from focusing on acute illness to focusing on patient-centered care, quality improvement, and resource conservation.

The report also says that trainees need more education in multidisciplinary teamwork, cost awareness in clinical decision making, health information technology, and patient care in ambulatory settings.

In the future, MedPAC intends to focus on the following three areas regarding medical education:

  • Incentives that link delivery system reforms to medical education
  • Medical education incentives to produce the generalists and specialists needed
  • More payers to provide funds to medical education programs



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