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AAMC-Based Projects

Appropriate Antibiotic Use Curriculum Evaluation

Antimicrobial or antibacterial resistance is a critical problem for global public health. Diseases and conditions that were once easily treatable by antibiotics are now on the verge of becoming less treatable. As the number of resistant bacterial strains increase, and our antibiotic resources decrease, the need for the proper training of our future health workforce intensifies. The goal of this project was to decrease the spread of antimicrobial resistant bacterial strains in hospital and outpatient settings through an educational program aimed at medical students. This project was transferred to Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 2008. For additional information, please contact Vera Parkhurst Luther, M.D., at vluther@wfubmc.edu.

Bioterrorism Information Dissemination Collaborative (BIDC)

In early 2003, the Bioterrorism Information Dissemination Collaborative (BIDC) was formed to enhance the distribution of clinical and public health information regarding terrorism preparedness and emergency response by the clinical community through their professional associations. The AAMC coordinated the implementation of the BIDC across eight participating associations (American Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America), providing administrative management, facilitating communication among the participants, and promoting the use of standard domains of evaluation across the various projects. The BIDC's objectives included:

  • Developing effective partnerships between the associations, the AAMC and the CDC.
  • Enabling each association to examine information outreach strategies to their members and to assess those mechanisms that effectively and efficiently deliver information to organization constituents.
  • Reducing repetitive or redundant distribution of information.
  • Establishing an opportunity to provide feedback to CDC regarding the content and structure of critical health information, and the modes of its transmission that are most useful to their members.

Education About Weapons of Mass Destruction

AAMC provides the first guidance ever issued to medical educators about how to prepare tomorrow's doctors to care for victims of bioterrorism and other weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the report Training Future Physicians About Weapons of Mass Destruction. According to the report, the nation's medical schools should thoroughly educate students about the public health and emergency services systems to ensure coordinated responses to WMD or other public health threats, and should incorporate WMD education into all four years of medical education. The report was the work of a multi-disciplinary panel of educators from schools of medicine, nursing and public health, experts in WMD preparedness and military medicine, and representatives from the CDC and AAMC. The report identifies new learning objectives for medical school programs to ensure that students gain adequate knowledge of the public health system, emergency management system, physicians' roles in emergency management response, the psychosocial aspects of disasters, and professional ethics - topics that may not be included in current coursework at all schools.
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Evaluation of CD-ROM to Facilitate Genetics Education

Genetics education is a critical element in the preparation of the public health community to address future health care needs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed recommendations for Genomic Competencies for the Public Health Workforce. A number of other organizations including the National Coalition for Health Professionals Education in Genetics have also suggested core curriculum. One important component of implementation of new curricula is the availability of effective, relevant educational resource materials. As educators work to meet this challenge, the development and assessment of new and effective teaching resources is very important. Computer-assisted instruction has provided new opportunities for educational experiences. This project's purpose was to develop an evaluation protocol for assessment of educational resource materials for genetics. The initial focus was the review and assessment of a CD-ROM on genetics developed by Joseph Henderson, M.D., at Dartmouth University.

Injury Prevention Curriculum for Medical Students

Injury is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, but the prevention and treatment of injury has not traditionally received sufficient attention in the medical school curriculum. This report includes recommendations from a panel of injury and medical education experts regarding the incorporation of injury into medical education.
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Medical Student Elective/Research Program

In 2003 and 2004, AAMC facilitated the placement of medical students at CDC for elective rotations and summer research projects.

Regional Medicine-Public Health Education Centers (RMPHEC/RMPHEC-GME)

Principal Investigator: Rika Maeshiro, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Public Health and Prevention Projects, AAMC
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