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Acad Med. 2012 Dec;87(12):1662-4. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e318271bab9.

Commentary: discovering a different model of medical student education.

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Department of Clinical Sciences, Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300, USA. Robert.watson@med.fsu.edu

Abstract

Traditional medical schools in modern academic health centers make discoveries, create new knowledge and technology, provide innovative care to the sickest patients, and educate future academic and practicing physicians. Unfortunately, the growth of the research and clinical care missions has sometimes resulted in a loss of emphasis on the general professional education of medical students. The author concludes that it may not be practical for many established medical schools to functionally return to the reason they were created: for the education of medical students.He had the opportunity to discover a different model of medical student education at the first new MD-granting medical school created in the United States in 25 years (in 2000), the Florida State University College of Medicine. He was initially skeptical about how its distributed regional campuses model, using practicing primary care physicians to help medical students learn in mainly ambulatory settings, could be effective. But his experience as a faculty member at the school convinced him that the model works very well.He proposes a better alignment of form and function for many established medical schools and an extension of the regional community-based model to the formation of community-based primary care graduate medical education programs determined by physician workforce needs and available resources.

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PMID:
23187916
DOI:
10.1097/ACM.0b013e318271bab9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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