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    EMRs in Medical Education : Reports from the Field

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    Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are a core part of our medical care delivery system and EMRs have been adopted by the majority of clinical units in academic medical centers. Many medical schools and clinical settings have added EMR training to their students' clinical clerkships experiences. A number of AAMC institutions have taken the additional step of leveraging the EMR as an environment for teaching. These environments provide: access to simulate patient encounters via the EMR in every classroom by default; the ability for students to review medical records; and integrating inter-professional education and/or team-based care.

    Exposing students to an EMR early in their careers (along with the requisite training) will ease their transition from the academic to clinical setting. Students should be prepared to use the EMR, a tool proven to be here to stay, in a vendor agnostic way. This presentation looked at three different medical schools' approach to integrating EMRs into their curriculum. Each school reported on topics such as governance, lessons learned, future plans and data on response to these efforts. The panel also discussed some of the common best practices as well as nascent efforts to share simulated patient’s medical records between schools to create a shared library of pre-built simulated patients.

    This presentation was given by:
    Douglas Van Daele, M.D., Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
    Aaron Michelfelder, M.D., FAAFP, FAAMA, Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
    David Asprey, Ph.D., M.A., Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
    Maureen Novak, M.D., Associate Dean for Medical Education at the University of Florida College of Medicine