National Academy of Medicine

Creating a Continuous Learning Foundation for the Medical School of the Future

By James L. Madara
September 12, 2014 | Commentary

Is there a more fertile setting to instill and advance continuous learning than in our nation’s medical schools? After all, these schools are where ambitious, bright young minds assemble to begin the climb toward becoming a physician and hopefully obtain the initial knowledge and competencies that the privilege of caring and healing demand. Given such stakes, it is critically important that we rethink how we educate and train the next generation of physicians to ensure they are well prepared for meeting evolving practice demands, patients’ heightened expectations, and a rapidly changing delivery system that has a team-orientation and population-based outcomes perspective.

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