Monday, March 7, 2016

AMA Med Ed Innovation Challenge - part 1

FLASHBACK SERIES: Blog posts written during my medical school days at Pacific Northwest University - College of Osteopathic Medicine

by Kim Ha Wadsworth, OMS II

Our team—Elia Cole, Adam Nelson and Kim Wadsworth—received honorable mention for being in the top 20% of the 146 submissions received for the American Medical Association Medical Education Innovation Challenge. This was a national competition, so we are delighted to have received this recognition. We'll post our proposal abstract and video later, but here is the e-mail announcement from AMA. We are beyond excited!!!

The American Medical Association Medical Education Innovation Challenge

What does the medical school of the future look like to you?

We asked the question, and medical students like you answered. Thank you for participating in our first-ever American Medical Association Medical Education Innovation Challenge and helping make it a huge success. We received nearly 150 submissions from student teams and were beyond impressed with the ingenuity and originality with which each team tackled our question.

After a difficult decision-making process, we are pleased to announce the following winners:

First place
In search of a “Muse”: An open national exchange for the advancement of medical education
Student names: Amol Utrankar and Jared A. Shenson
This entry submitted by a team at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine proposed an open, online national exchange where medical schools could easily share curricular materials.

Second place
Design-thinking, making and innovating: Fresh tools for the physician’s toolbox
Student names: Ludwig Koeneke-Hernandez, Mark Mallozzi, Tim Bober and Lorenzo Albala
A team at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University called for workshops and an on-campus makerspace that would enable medical students to become tinkerers who prototype and create solutions to problems in health care.

Third place (tie)
Happy healers, healthy humans: A wellness curricular model as a means of effecting cultural change, reducing burnout and improving patient outcomes
Student names: Anish A. Deshmukh, Matthew S. Neal, Melinda C. Ruberg and Katherine E. Yared
A University of Louisville School of Medicine team proposed using wellness education to better prepare the physician of the future.

Third place (tie)
Community and classroom approaches to cultural competency and health equity
Student names: Carol Platt and Nicole Paprocki
Intentional, four-year, community-based service learning experiences that begin in the first year of medical school are the core benefits of this Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine team’s winning entry.

A collaborative effort

In addition to the above winners, we also recognize 26 proposals with an honorable mention. Visit the AMA’s innovation page for more details on these and other student submissions. Thank you again for participating in this exciting challenge and for giving your time and voices to help transform medical education in our country. Your participation and ideas truly reinforce our tremendous confidence in tomorrow’s physicians.

Visit to learn more about the AMA “Accelerating Change in Medical Education” initiative and the inspiring collaborative effort to create the medical school of the future.

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