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Add healthcare policy to medical curriculum, physicians say

Residency Program Insider, March 1, 2011

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Medical student and resident education should include instruction on how healthcare systems function—especially with the advent of complicated national healthcare reforms, University of Michigan physicians said.

Two U-M physicians and a U-M Medical School graduate called for a national curriculum in health policy for medical students and residents, in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Without education in health policy and the healthcare system, physicians are missing critical tools in their professional toolbox,” said coauthor Matthew M. Davis, MD, associate professor at U-M in Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Internal Medicine and Public Policy.

Davis said his previous research has found that fewer than half of graduating medical students in the U.S. reported receiving adequate training in understanding healthcare systems and the economics of practicing medicine.

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