July 29, 2015

Mayo Medical School takes on bold new initiatives to improve medical education

By Amy Olson

Mayo Medical School is at the forefront of a major transformation in medical education.

The school is expanding to Arizona and Florida to become one of the first national medical schools in the United States, offering a single curriculum across three campuses. In addition, Mayo will be among the first medical schools in the nation to offer a Science of Health Care Delivery curriculum, providing future physicians and researchers with innovative approaches to improve the quality and value of patient care.

The system of medical education has not changed much in 100 years. The first two years of medical school traditionally focus on the biological sciences, while the second two focus on the clinical sciences. But Mayo Medical School is expanding on that notion to include a “third science” of health care delivery, which will be integrated throughout the students’ four years.

Michele Halyard, M.D., interim dean of the Mayo Medical School

Michele Halyard, M.D., interim dean of the Mayo Medical School

“At Mayo Medical School, we are working to provide our students with the knowledge and skills to heal not only the patient, but the health care system as well,” said Michele Halyard, M.D., interim dean of the school.

Currently, Mayo Medical School receives nearly 5,000 applications each year for its 54 student slots. Expanding the medical school will nearly double the enrollment and allow the school to offer unparalleled medical education to 50 additional incoming students a year on the four-year Arizona campus, beginning in 2017. The total student body for the school will surpass 400 medical students by 2021.

Mayo Medical School is also launching a 2 + 2 program in 2016, allowing up to eight students each year who have completed their first two years of training on the Rochester, Minnesota, campus to complete their third and fourth year on the Florida campus. In addition, students in the M.D.-Ph.D. program will also have the opportunity to complete their Ph.D. training on the Florida campus.

The expansion of Mayo’s medical school and its unique collaborations with other health care organizations across its sites will offer students access to diverse patient populations across multiple care settings. In Florida, for example, which is known for its Transplant, Cancer and Neuroscience programs, students can expand their training by also doing rotations at neighboring health care organizations with high volumes of Medicaid or pediatric cases.

Mayo Medical School receives AMA grant to develop innovative curriculum

Mayo Medical School’s bold new advances in medical education and its dynamic, personalized learning environment set the bar high for medical education. The new Science of Health Care Delivery curriculum, which is being jointly developed with Arizona State University, is supported through an American Medical Association grant called Accelerating Change in Medical Education. Mayo—which was one of only 11 medical schools in the nation awarded the grant—will receive $1 million over five years to develop this transformative curriculum.

Mayo Medical School, the other 10 medical schools and the AMA will work through a consortium to rapidly spread innovations and best practices for innovative medical education. “The beauty of the consortium is that the schools are sharing their knowledge across the consortium, and hopefully we’ll share this unique focus to other medical schools across the country,” Dr. Halyard said.

The science of health care curriculum will have six domains:

  1. High-value care
  2. Population-centered care
  3. Teamwork
  4. Leadership
  5. Person-centered care
  6. Health policy, economics and technology

The curriculum will focus on modern-day lessons that are not traditionally taught during medical school but are critical for future physicians to be well-versed in. These issues might include spiraling health care costs; changing payment structures; new technology, such as electronic health records; medical simulations and team-based care; and caring for the whole patient, not simply treating the disease.

“Besides training students in the Mayo Model of care, we will help students become well-rounded and understand the complexities of the health care system and have the abilities to address those complexities,” Dr. Halyard said.

The curriculum will also have an additional component focusing on wellness and resiliency that has already been implemented at the Rochester campus. “At Mayo Medical School, we really take seriously the well-being of our students and want to help them be equipped to manage their own well-being,” Dr. Halyard said.

With the development of a national medical school and an innovative new curriculum, Mayo Medical School will continue to be a leader in the forefront of medical education.

Tags: #FutureofHealthCare, Arizona, Florida, Future of Health Care, Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota

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