Medical Education  |   November 2016
Faculty Development Directed at Curricular Reforms Designed to Improve Patient Outcomes
Author Notes
  • From Curricular Design and Faculty Development (Dr Papa) and Community Health (Dr D’Agostino) at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. 
  • Financial Disclosures: Dr Papa is the chief executive officer and principle owner of ACDET, a company producing software and simulation training devices for medical education. No software or simulation devices offered by ACDET are referenced in this artcile. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Frank J. Papa, DO, PhD, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2644. E-mail: frank.papa@unthsc.edu
     
Article Information
Medical Education / Professional Issues / Curriculum
Medical Education   |   November 2016
Faculty Development Directed at Curricular Reforms Designed to Improve Patient Outcomes
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2016, Vol. 116, 736-741. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.144
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2016, Vol. 116, 736-741. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.144
Abstract

Three initiatives involving quality of patient outcomes that evolved in the late 1990s must be considered in the design of 21st century undergraduate medical curricula. They involve (1) the question of how to best teach and assess medical competencies, (2) growing concerns regarding the frequency and severity of error in medical care, and (3) the role physicians might play in weaving together the overlapping elements of population-, community-, and systems-based practice into a codified approach to medical care. With these initiatives in mind, the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine has formed an Academy of Medical Educators whose goal is to develop faculty programs intended to expedite curricular modifications and reforms.

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