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CHoR Physician Leads Pilot Program to Enhance Medical Student Education

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

VCU is one of 10 academic medical centers across the country chosen by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) to pilot curriculum related to the Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. The pilot program teaches 13 core skills in which all medical students are expected to show competence before graduation. More than 70 academic medical centers submitted proposals to participate in the five-year pilot program.

"There is a known gap across the country in what medical schools teach, and what is expected of interns when they enter their residency training," said Michael Ryan, MD, Assistant Professor in CHoR's Division of Hospital Medicine and Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education at the VCU School of Medicine.

"To address that gap, the AAMC developed 13 core activities all medical students should be expected to do without direct supervision by the first day of their residency. Now that the activities have been delineated, the next step is to determine how to teach and assess students' abilities relative to these activities."

Enabling medical students to develop these core skills has been a priority for Dr. Ryan who put together a team to submit a proposal for consideration by the AAMC. Components from the 10 pilot programs could be considered for use in medical schools throughout the country to best prepare students for residency training.

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