AMA to Convene Leaders from 11 Top Medical Schools at OHSU to Continue Innovative Initiative to Reshape Medical Education in Oregon Nationwide

Portland, Ore. – As part of a strategic initiative to ensure medical students are prepared to practice in the evolving health care environment, the American Medical Association (AMA) is convening leaders and students from top medical schools at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) next week to continue closing the gaps between the way physicians are currently trained and how health care is delivered.

The meeting comes as the inaugural class of students at OHSU School of Medicine nears completion of the first year of the school’s new curriculum, YOUR M.D., that was introduced last fall thanks in part to a million dollar grant from the AMA as part of its Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative.

During the two-day meeting at OHSU, leaders from the select medical schools will embark on the next phase of their collective work. They will also host a “live” town hall meeting with medical students from each participating school, including OHSU students, to share their unique and personal insights on the curriculum changes that they are experiencing first-hand.

OHSU is among the 11 medical schools that received funding as part of the AMA’s $11 million Accelerating Change in Medical Education grant and is serving as part of a consortium—sharing innovative ideas and best practices on new programs and curricula that can quickly be spread to medical schools across the country.


WHAT:           Media Roundtable at American Medical Association’s April 2015 Accelerating    Change in Medical Education Consortium Meeting


WHO:             AMA Group Vice President for Medical Education Susan Skochelak, M.D., M.P.H.

                        OHSU School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Education George Mejicano, M.D., M.S.

                        Educational leaders and students from 11 medical schools selected for AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative


WHEN:           Monday, April 13, 2015

9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. - Media Roundtable:  Participants include AMA Group Vice President for Medical Education Susan Skochelak, M.D., M.P.H., OHSU School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Education George Mejicano, M.D., M.S, and OHSU School of Medicine student Sophia Davis (Location: CLSB Classroom 1N121)


*10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. – Presentations and interactive session:  Session led by local and national health experts, “Interprofessional Education: The meeting of the clinical and health care delivery sciences” (Location: CLSB Lecture Hall 3A003B)


*1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. – AMA panel discussion:  Improving Health Outcomes – presenting toolkits aimed at preventing two of nation’s most debilitating chronic illnesses for possible use in medical school curricula (Location: CLSB Learning Studio 3A001) 


*2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Concurrent interactive sessions:  “Strategies to approach medical student distress” led by the Mayo Clinic, and “Building early clinical experiences: A tale of two programs” led by UC Davis School of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Student Town Hall:  Students from each of the 11 consortium schools from across the country will provide their unique perspective on the science of health care delivery, curriculum change, leadership (Location: Broadway Rooms, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower)


WHERE:        OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB)

                         2730 SW Moody Ave.

                         Portland, OR 97201    


                         Portland Hilton & Executive Tower

                         921 SW Sixth Avenue

                         Portland, OR 97204


MEDIA CONTACTS:  RSVP if planning to attend to Kelly Jakubek with AMA at (312) 464-4443, [email protected] orAriane Le Chevallier with OHSU at (503) 494-8231


CONNECT:  Join us on Facebook and LinkedIn or get in the conversation at Twitter using #ChangeMedEd


Media Contacts:
Kelly Jakubek
AMA Editorial & Media
(312) 464-4443
[email protected]

Ariane Le Chevallier
(503) 494-8231
[email protected]

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