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Optimizing Graduate Medical Education

A five year road map for America's medical schools, teaching hospitals and health systems

Graduate medical education (GME) in the United States is at a critical juncture:

Changing demographics, exponential growth in medical discovery, and new expectations about the way physicians and patients partner and interact are demanding innovative change in medical education and health care delivery.

With our nation facing a predicted physician shortage by 2030, any number of medical students who do not have the opportunity to complete residency training is a serious concern.

Academic medicine is rising to the challenge. Medical schools, teaching hospitals, and health systems are adapting education and training programs to meet these needs.

In 2015, the AAMC began the Optimizing GME initiative to develop tools, data, and programs that would invest in future physicians; optimize the learning environment for learning, care and discovery; and prepare the physician scientist for the 21st century.

Out of the initial work of the Optimizing GME initiative, and through feedback from stakeholders across the academic medicine community, the AAMC identified two areas of critical concern in which to focus our efforts and resources. The work begun under the Optimizing GME initiative continues in those areas: the Transition To Residency and a focus on the person in the learning environment and the well-being of that person.