CUNY Gets AMA Grant For Curriculum

Erica Friedman

The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine is one of 20 medical schools selected to be a member of the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium for its project, “Growing Our Own: Partnering with Health Care Centers to Educate Practitioners for the 21st Century.”

In this three-year project, the school will partner with Urban Health Plan, Inc., a South Bronx community health center, to develop and implement a curriculum that prepares medical students for modern-day practice in clinical sites that deliver primary care to underserved communities.

Once the three-year experiential curriculum is designed, a process expected to take a year, a group of students will be assigned to UHP to serve as patient navigators. In this role, students will accompany patients through all points of their clinic visit. During those visits, the students will begin to identify the multiple points of care, the various members of a health team and their specific roles. Those roles range from the front desk, to nursing and triage staff, the physician, pharmacists, social workers and nutritionists.

Students will remain at the UHP site for three years, including years four and five of the Sophie Davis program, which would be considered the first two years of a traditional medical school curriculum.

An AMA advisory panel received applications from 170 eligible medical schools for the $75,000 three-year grant, which intends to “advance the AMA’s innovative work aimed at transforming undergraduate medical education to better align with the 21st century health care system,” according to the grant application.

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