The way medical professionals care for patients is changing, and so is the way schools are educating those professionals. Medical school curricula are being altered to keep up with all of the advancements in medicine, but according to a WNCT news report, that’s not the only reason. Changes in health care laws are forcing hospitals to become increasingly cost effective, making it more important than ever to find less expensive alternatives for treatment. As a result, medical school programs need to address these demands.
What it means for students
Aspiring doctors and other medical professionals can expect to see a much different curriculum in the coming years. Vanderbilt University, another school that was awarded the grant money, is altering its curriculum to teach medical professionals how to keep up to date with the constantly changing world of health care, reported the news source. Today, educational resources are abundant, and knowing how to discover credible information and properly apply it in a timely fashion is becoming a vital skill.
[Medicine is] definitely changing from where physicians have all the answers to where physicians know where to find them,” Dylan Suttle, a medical student at ECU, told the news source.
What once was a program based heavily on scientific studies and evidence is now becoming more case-specific, noted The Tennessean. Researchers are constantly publishing studies that have become more accessible with the Internet, and it can be overwhelming for a medical professional to keep up with them. The revamped medical education will help guide professionals toward treatment that is more effective — and practical — for their patients.