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NYU School of Medicine Receives $1 Million Grant from the American Medical Association to Create New Curriculum

New Curriculum Focuses on Improving Care Coordination and Quality Using New Technology

NYU School of Medicine announced it received a $1 million grant, paid over the course of five years, from the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative. The grant will support the creation of NYU School of Medicine’s new Integrated Care Coordination and Analysis Curriculum (CCAC), to be developed next year.

NYU School of Medicine is one of only 11 schools--out of 119 who applied--to receive a grant. A critical component of the AMA’s initiative, aimed at transforming the way future physicians are trained, will be to establish a learning consortium to rapidly disseminate best practices to other medical and health profession schools.

NYU School of Medicine’s new curriculum will be created through the combined efforts of the school’s Division of Educational Informatics (DEI) and NYU Langone Medical Center’s Clinical Integrated Network (CIN), a network of voluntary and faculty physicians practices in the tri-state area that have business relationships with NYU Langone and share patient data. The CCAC project will enlist DEI’s expertise in developing innovative technology solutions and CIN’s collection of clinical practice data for the creation of a new program that will allow students to manage an authentic panel of patients within the CIN. This will enable students to identify, implement and evaluate population management approaches that improve patient safety, effectiveness of care, and efficiency.

The CCAC curriculum includes class instruction, a mentorship program, and a capstone project that will be implemented at an actual practice within the CIN.
“Our hope is that this robust curriculum will prepare our graduates to meet the future needs of the ever evolving healthcare delivery system by giving them the tools and skills necessary to care for not just an individual patient, but for an entire population of patients,” said Marc Triola, MD, associate dean for educational informatics, assistant professor of medicine, director, Division of Educational Informatics at NYU School of Medicine, who is the principal investigator for the CCAC project.

To measure progress, students will be tested and evaluated, and will use the school’s ePortfolio for tracking competency development. The ePortfolio automatically integrates a variety of data, including computer-based exams, simulation center performance, clinical evaluations, and patient logs, used by students and their mentors to guide progression and mastery. For this program, the ePortfolio system will be enhanced to provide students and their mentors a dashboard view of performance over time.

“Congratulations to NYU School of Medicine on receiving this impressive grant, which will enable the school to develop an integrated program that uses authentic practice data for the undergraduate medical education curriculum,” said Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health. “The future of our nation’s health care requires the next generation of physicians to be well-versed in the use of clinical data and large data sets in the delivery of care. This new program will help facilitate that education.”  

NYU School of Medicine has been at the forefront of implementing new curriculums, degree options, and technologies to make medical education relevant for the nation’s future physician leaders. Earlier this year the school began offering a new accelerated three-year Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, one of the first programs of its kind in the country. Last year, a pioneering online 3D interactive virtual human body created by the DEI, the BioDigital HumanTM, was installed in the anatomy lab to supplement cadaveric instruction. Both were driven by NYU School of Medicine’s curriculum entitled C21, the Curriculum for the 21st Century.

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