The Penn State College of Medicine is among 11 institutions that has been awarded $1 million in funding from the American Medical Association in a program aimed at changing the way physicians are trained.
The other schools that were awarded grants include the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Mayo Medical School, NYU School of Medicine, and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
In its proposal, Penn State said it would leverage its affiliation with the Penn State Hershey Medical Center to prepare students to work within all aspects of the health care system. It will be used to create a new component in the medical education curriculum called “Systems Based Learning.”
To accomplish that task, the college is partnering with six outside agencies – Highmark, Holy Spirit, Lancaster General, State Department of Health, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute – to implement the program.
In addition to changes in curriculum, medical students will also serve as ‘patient navigators,’ for additional hand-on learning experiences. This will allow them to serve patients in a meaningful way during their education, preparing them to work within all aspects of the nation’s evolving healthcare system.
“Ultimately, this will prepare our students to be better clinicians as well as effective leaders ready to develop innovative solutions for improving the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of care,” said Dr. Harold L. Paz, CEO of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.