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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Executive Vice President Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.

About Project Medical Education (PME)

Project Medical Education (PME) is a hands-on, interactive learning program intended to inform policymakers and their staffs, community leaders, donors, and others about the process of becoming a doctor, the three missions and work of medical schools and teaching hospitals, and the financial and other challenges posed to both students and institutions.

A PME event is designed to cover six blocks of instruction and to run for a day and a half, but it can be amended to fit the needs of the host institution, presenters, or participants.

The program is meant to be education, not advocacy. Bringing key stakeholders to campuses is a compelling way to demonstrate the intersection between medical education, patient care, and medical research.

Why PME?
We have designed PME as a firsthand journey through the medical education continuum that conveys the overarching messages of medical schools and teaching hospitals and meets the informational needs of participants. The program's core messages are designed to fill identified knowledge gaps. In polls and focus groups, participants said they want:

  • an "up close and personal" look at medical education;
  • a program that moves at a rapid pace, not one that relies only on sitting and listening
  • to have the process presented in "hands-on" situations where they can see it at work; and
  • to speak to a variety of sources, particularly students and residents.

Based on this information, PME designed a program where participants are "admitted" to medical schools, presented with a white coat and directed through activities that show them what it takes to become a doctor. In the process, they gain a better understanding of the operations of medical schools and teaching hospitals - and the impact of their actions.

After completing PME, participants are encouraged to share their experience with their co-workers and urge them to take part in a successive PME program. Additionally, the host institution is offered as a resource for information on health care issues. Combining all of these elements helps participants use their new perspectives in shaping policy to benefit medical education, patient care, and medical research.

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Contact Project Medical Education

Jared Dashoff
Public Affairs Specialist
Telephone: 202-828-0441