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Action Plan 1: Strengthen the Medical Education Continuum for Transformed Health Care and Learning Environments

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Through this action plan, the AAMC builds on its history of fostering innovation in competency-based medical education (CBME). We seek to better align educational outcomes across medical schools and their clinical partners and across the medical education continuum to improve patient-level and system-level outcomes.   

Where we are now

We’re working on four major goals over the next five years: 

  1. Learners are educated in a more inclusive, anti-racist environment that equitably supports the progress of all learners.

  2. The medical education community implements CBME in new and emerging areas in diverse educational settings.

  3. U.S. medical schools move toward uniform adoption of a set of foundational competencies for undergraduate medical education that aligns across the medical education continuum.

  4. Medical educators identify the AAMC as their home for curricular resources, professional development, and collaborative partnerships in advancing CBME across the continuum.

What happens next

  • We will soon announce an expert who will co-lead the association’s efforts to support medical school and training programs in constructing an equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist learning environment. This individual will work closely with AAMC collaborators and will serve as co-lead for an AAMC working group to provide educators and administrators at AAMC-member medical schools and teaching institutions with the tools and resources needed to address and eliminate racist practices in the learning environment.

  • We are studying the Class of 2021 Graduation Questionnaire respondents’ data on the positive and negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their medical school experiences and preparation for careers as physicians. 

Ways to get involved

An emerging area for the field of medical education is to determine safe and effective methods for teaching and learning new AAMC telehealth competencies in our diverse educational settings. The AAMC will launch a call for innovation awards in teaching and assessing telehealth skills of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. Look for this call for applications in early 2022. 

Discover all 10 points of our strategic plan

Action Plan 1: Strengthen Medical Education

Action Plan 2: Support Students

Action Plan 3: Focus on Inclusivity

Action Plan 4: Diversify Tomorrow's Doctors

Action Plan 5: Prioritize Research

Action Plan 6: Evolve Leadership Skills

Action Plan 7: Improve Access

Action Plan 8: Advance Knowledge

Action Plan 9: Promote Health Equity and Health Justice

Action Plan 10: Adapt to Change