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VUSM receives prestigious AMA grant

By Carole Bartoo
August 2013

 The American Medical Association (AMA) has selected Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) to receive a $1 million grant as one of the nation’s 11 top medical schools transforming medical education.

The grant, part of the AMA initiative “Accelerating Change in Medical Education,” makes Vanderbilt the recipient of $1 million over the next five years to take part in a consortium created to rapidly disseminate best practices in medical education across the country.

Bonnie Miller, M.D., senior associate dean for Health Sciences Education, said the announcement is evidence the innovations brought about by VUSM’s new educational curriculum, Curriculum 2.0, are among the nation’s most advanced.

For VUSM, Curriculum 2.0 represents the departure from a highly regarded, but traditional medical school curriculum to a complex, integrated, collaborative and flexible course schedule that includes less traditional lecture and more clinical and case-based experience.

“This is a validation that Curriculum 2.0 represents some of the most exciting and innovative ideas for medical education,” Miller said. “It is just what the AMA is looking for. Through this grant, the AMA hopes to disseminate best practice to medical educators throughout the nation. We believe this funding and collaboration will allow us to accelerate the changes we hope to bring about with Curriculum 2.0, and to rigorously evaluate the curriculum’s effectiveness.”

Vanderbilt’s grant submission outlined major changes included through Curriculum 2.0, such as embedding students at a single clinical site for the duration of their undergraduate medical education and competency-based assessments along with individualized learning goals and objectives.

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