Structuring Medical Education for Workforce Transformation: Continuity, Symbiosis and Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships
AbstractHealth systems worldwide are increasingly unable to meet individual and population health needs. The shortage of healthcare workers in rural and other underserved communities is compounded by inadequate primary care infrastructure and maldistribution of services. At the same time, the medical education system has not changed to address the growing mismatch between population health needs and care delivery capacity. Internationally, leaders are calling for change to address these challenges. Substantive changes are needed in medical education’s stance, structure, and curricula. Educational continuity and symbiosis are two guiding principles at the center of current clinical educational redesign discourse. These principles rely on empirically-derived science to guide educational structure and improve outcomes. Educational continuity and symbiosis may improve student learning and support population health through workforce transformation. Longitudinal integrated clerkships (LICs), growing out of workforce imperatives in the 1970s, have demonstrated sustainable educational and workforce outcomes. Alongside the success of LICs, more innovation and more reaching innovation are needed. We propose restructuring clinical medical education specifically to address workforce needs and develop science-minded (rigorous, inquisitive, and innovative) and service-minded (humanistic, community-engaged, and socially accountable) graduates. View Full-Text
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Osman, N.Y.; Atalay, A.; Ghosh, A.; Saravanan, Y.; Shagrin, B.; Singh, T.; Hirsh, D.A. Structuring Medical Education for Workforce Transformation: Continuity, Symbiosis and Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships. Educ. Sci. 2017, 7, 58.
Osman NY, Atalay A, Ghosh A, Saravanan Y, Shagrin B, Singh T, Hirsh DA. Structuring Medical Education for Workforce Transformation: Continuity, Symbiosis and Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships. Education Sciences. 2017; 7(2):58.Chicago/Turabian Style
Osman, Nora Y.; Atalay, Alev; Ghosh, Arundhati; Saravanan, Yamini; Shagrin, Bianca; Singh, Tara; Hirsh, David A. 2017. "Structuring Medical Education for Workforce Transformation: Continuity, Symbiosis and Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships." Educ. Sci. 7, no. 2: 58.
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