Dr. Steven Wartman, who spoke at ASAHP’s 2014 annual conference and is the president of the Association of Academic Health Centers, writes in Health Affairs about ways to improve the state of graduate medical education, with a particular focus on building a better health workforce.
1 – Improve the relationship between academic institutions and the delivery systems that will eventually employ their students.
2 – Redistribute the cost of education, lessening the distorting effects that currently encourage students to pick professions that will make it easier to pay back their loans.
3 – Speed up the time it takes to go through training, through better integration of different components, like pre-med and med school.
4 – Make sure accreditors and licensers are pushing real industry improvements, and aren’t just “guardians of the status quo.”
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