Med school program emphasizing patient engagement
Medicine doesn’t operate effectively in a vacuum; rather, health care is most successful when done collaboratively, East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine faculty said during a presentation at a recent American Medical Association conference.
At the recent AMA ChangeMedEd 2017 National Conference, ECU faculty members said its Leaders in Innovative Care program (LINC) emphasizes the significance of patient engagement along with conventional requirements in order to instill a universal perspective early on in the medical school experience, a posting on the AWA website said.
ECU said it developed LINC as an advanced program accommodating up to 10 medical students annually, culminating in a designation of distinction in health system transformation and leadership, the posting said. LINC’s inaugural class of 2018 will commence with intensive summer coursework involving seminars, shadowing patients, observing clinical settings and ultimately presenting their findings.
“The students are really engaged in learning at that time,” Dr. Luan Lawson, ECU’s assistant dean for medical education and student development, said in the posting. “It’s an opportunity for them to think beyond some of the foundational science components and get a much broader view of the health system from the earlier stages.”
Dr. Timothy Reeder, LINC's program director, said the university has high hopes for this select group, saying in the posting that they are likely to “think and look differently at the system than their peers.”
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