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AMA announces final eight recipients of Reimagining Residency initiative


The American Medical Association has announced the final eight recipients of the Reimagining Residency initiative, who will receive a total of $14.4 million to support residency innovation projects led by medical schools, residency programs, and health systems.

“After establishing a framework for creating the medical schools of the future, the AMA is now supporting innovation projects that will better align residency training with the evolving needs of patients and communities, as well as the workforce needs of the current and future health care system,” AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD, stated in a press release.

The projects include curricular innovations to address workforce shortages and address social determinants of health. Other projects will be developed within the framework of innovations and concepts developed and implemented in medical schools over the past 6 years by the AMA’s consortium. These projects include implementing competency-based programs and incorporating Health Systems Science into residency training.

The projects were chosen through a competitive grant process by an advisory panel made up of leading experts in medical education, and selection was based on how well each program met the goals of the initiative: improving the transition from medical school to residency, ensuring readiness for practice through modifications of residency curricula, and optimizing the learning environment to support well-being.

Each of the following projects will receive $1.8 million over 5 years:

  • California Oregon Medical Partnership to Address Disparities in Rural Education and Health – Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, and the University of California, Davis
  • Fully Integrated Readiness for Service Training: Enhancing the Continuum from Medical School to Residency to Practice – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • NYU Transition to Residency Advantage – New York University
  • Promotion in Place: Enhancing Trainee Well-Being and Patient Care Through Time-Variable Graduate Medical Education – Partners HealthCare System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
  • Reimagining Residency: Ensuring Readiness for Practice Through Growing Interprofessional Partnerships to Advance Care and Education – Maine Medical Center, Portland
  • Residency Training to Effectively Address Social Determinants of Health: Applying a Curricular Framework Across Four Primary Care Specialties – Montefiore Health System, New York
  • The Graduate Medical Training “Laboratory”: An Innovative Program to Generate, Implement, and Evaluate Interventions to Improve Resident Burnout and Clinical Skill – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Stanford (Calif.) University; and the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • The GOL2D Project (Goals of Life and Learning Delineated): Collaboration Across Academic Health Systems to Better Align GME with Learner, Patient, and Societal Needs – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., and the University of Mississippi, Jackson

An additional three programs will receive a smaller $50,000 planning grant to expedite further exploration and development.

“As the health care landscape and technology rapidly evolve, the AMA will continue working with its community of innovation to drive the future of medicine by supporting significant redesign in physician training. Our goal is to ensure physicians are prepared to adapt, grow, and thrive at every stage of their training and career. Better prepared physicians will deliver more effective and equitable health care,” said Dr. Madara.

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