Evolving to Meet Future Needs
Indiana University School of Medicine has a proud history of innovating in medical education. The school pioneered the use of regional campuses to deliver high quality medical education throughout the state. More recently, it was the first school in the country to implement a unique teaching electronic health record to prepare students to use EHRs when they enter residency and practice.
That focus on innovation in medical education continues today.
To ensure it continuously evolves to meet the needs of students, patients and communities, IU School of Medicine, led by Executive Associate Dean Paul M. Wallach, MD, launched a renewed focus on innovation in the summer of 2018. More than 100 members of the school community gathered to put forward their best and boldest ideas at an inaugural Innovation Summit. Scores of other faculty, staff and learners shared their ideas through an online Innovation Portal.
They sought to answer questions such as:
- What content should be given greater emphasis during medical school and/or residency, and what should be reduced or eliminated?
- What changes should we make to pedagogical approaches and learner assessment?
- How do we foster a positive learning environment that promotes personal and professional development, and wellness?
- What should change in medical education to better serve our patients and communities?
- How do we establish a culture of innovation and excellence?
Moving Ideas Into Practice
The school has assembled a comprehensive list of innovation recommendations it will further consider and is assessing how to prioritize projects and initiatives. The recommendations fall into four primary categories: