Redesigning Education to Accelerate Change in Healthcare

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Med ed is being transformed. Meet 3 taking it into practice.

When the AMA partnered with a select group of medical schools to form the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, their goal was to transform the training of future physicians to create a more well-rounded, system-focused generation of doctors.

Five years after that partnership began, the first cohort of those trainees enters residency instilled with that innovative approach to medicine. Three of these trainees-in Chicago to attend a consortium gathering-took the time for a Q&A about their experiences in medical schools that revamped their curricula to better serve patients and physicians.

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Students in White Coats

Pathbreaking effort to reshape medical education starts new phase

The partnership between the AMA and 32 of the country's leading medical schools aimed at creating physicians equipped to flourish in tomorrow's health care environment has yielded positive results. And the work of the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium is just beginning.

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3rd Annual Unified Quality Improvement Symposium

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU

Call for Submissions and Save the Date

Please join us for the third annual Unified Quality Improvement Symposium, co-hosted by the Brody School of Medicine REACH Initiative and the Vidant Health Quality Office. The symposium is a showcase of initiatives happening throughout East Carolina University's Health Sciences Campus and Vidant Health related to quality improvement, patient safety, population health, and interprofessional practice.

The goal of the symposium is to provide academic and community physicians, health professionals, health care teams, students, residents, and fellows the opportunity to present their work in systems improvement and practice redesign to an audience of peers and health system leaders.

Submissions will be accepted from all ECU Health Sciences Schools and all Vidant Health entities. Additional weight will be given to abstracts that highlight the work of interprofessional teams and those that exemplify how the quality improvement process can impact clinical care and systems based practice. Those that involve students or residents as part of their improvement teams will be prioritized.

Abstracts should include the following information:

  • Project Title
  • Team Members/Contributors, with affiliations
  • Introduction
  • Aim Statement
  • Methods
  • Results (even if preliminary in nature)
  • Discussion/Lessons Learned
  • Conclusion
  • 4000 Character Count Limit

Please submit your abstracts using the link below:

Important Dates

November 5th, 2018: Abstract submission deadline
Early December 2018: Notification of abstract acceptance

For more information, contact Jenna Garris at or 744-0439

AMA Marks Milestone in Medical Education As First Students Graduate Under Transformative National Curricula Redesign Initiative

" First medical students who received training under national effort begin to graduate this month, including students from NYU, Indiana University, East Carolina University, Oregon Health and Science University, Penn State.

With five medical schools this year graduating their first classes of students fully trained under a transformative national curricula redesign initiative, the American Medical Association (AMA) is highlighting innovations from recent years that have better trained the next generation of physicians. Launched five years ago, the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium includes 32 of the country's leading medical schools working together to create the medical school of the future."

Brody School of Medicine Class of 2018

Brody School of Medicine Class of 2018
Photo Credit Jason Mills with ASAP Photo & Camera

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AMA Presentation

Brody Receives National Praise:
ECU's Brody School of Medicine praised as 'inspiration for national program change'

"East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine was one of only 11 medical schools nationwide to be awarded a five-year, $1 million grant under the AMA program, which aims to bridge the gap between how future physicians are trained and how health care is delivered."

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Group Photo with textbook

Health Systems Science Textbook

Brody faculty celebrate the release of a new textbook to teach the "third pillar" of medical education. The textbook is the first of its kind to define health systems science and provide a framework for its implementation nationwide. Five Brody School of Medicine Faculty and one ECU College of Nursing Faculty member authored four chapters of the textbook with Dr. Luan Lawson serving as both an author and editor. Pictured below from left to right are Dr. Elizabeth Baxley, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Dr. Danielle Walsh, Pediatric Surgery; Dr. Richard Hawkins, American Medical Association vice president for medical education outcomes and editor, Dr. Luan Lawson, Assistant Dean of Curriculum, Assessment and Clinical Academic Affairs; Dr. Donna Lake, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Dr. Niti Armistead, Teachers of Quality Academy 2.0 Program Director, (not pictured, Dr. Jason Higginson, Chair, Department of Pediatrics).

Health Systems Science, published by Elsevier, can purchased from the AMA Store and Elsevier, as well as from Amazon and other online booksellers.

3 TQA 2.0 participants build paper airplanes

Aiming High: Clinicians, educators learn about boosting quality in health

Twenty-five health sciences professionals and administrators from East Carolina University and Vidant Health gathered for a daylong session recently at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium's Club Level to learn about improving quality in health care delivery. And to build paper airplanes.

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REACH Olympics group activity


Redesigning Education to Accelerate Change in Healthcare (REACH) is an American Medical Association (AMA) grant-funded initiative to transform the Brody Medical School curriculum so that it better prepares future physicians in patient safety, quality improvement and population health in an environment of team-based, patient-centered care. The grant addresses the substantial gap that now exists between what physicians have been taught in the past and what they will need to know now and in the future to provide safer, higher quality patient care.

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REACH Happenings: Patient safety seminar

Join us for a discussion on reliability science as it relates to healthcare with guest Steve Kreiser, CDSR, USN Ret., MBA, MS.

Steve Kreiser is a senior consultant with Healthcare Performance Improvement (HPI). HPI is a consulting firm that specializes in improving human performance in complex systems using evidence-based methods derived from high-risk industries. Steve is a former FA-18 pilot with over 21 years of leadership and management experience in the U.S. Navy.

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REACH Olympics group at table

Brody School of Medicine's $1 Million Grant

East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine is one of 11 schools in the nation selected for a $1 million grant from the American Medical Association to change the way it educates students while keeping its focus on rural and under-served populations.

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