AMA Will Award $15 Million in Grants to Reimagine Residency

Marcia Frellick

October 30, 2018

The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced it is offering $15 million in grants for the top innovations that will transform residency programs.

The Reimagining Residency initiative is the second phase of the association's grand strategy to address a gap between the way physicians are trained and the needs of increasingly complex patients, emerging technologies, and care delivery models. The first 5-year phase, begun in 2013, was aimed at revamping medical education.

AMA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD, told reporters during a press conference call, "We were graduating young doctors who were largely unprepared for how medicine is practiced today."

The previous phase resulted in building a consortium of 32 top medical schools that worked on innovative approaches to challenges including training students to effectively use electronic health systems. Innovations were shared nationwide.

"[Project developers] explored how social determinants of health and population health impacted patient wellness. They were immersed in the process of continuity of care," Madara said.

Programs Aim to Produce Team Leaders

The new phase continues that training by transforming residency programs to produce adaptive learners and team leaders who know and appreciate their role in the greater healthcare system, Madara said.

Grants will be open to applications from US graduate medical education sponsors, medical schools, health systems, and/or medical specialty societies starting January 3, 2019. Applicants must file letters of intent describing the goals and scope of their proposal by February 1, 2019. A select group will be invited to submit full proposals by April 17, 2019, and winners will be announced at the annual meeting in June.

"It will be up and running in 2019," Madara said.

Susan Skochelak, MD, AMA group vice president of medical education, told reporters among the kind of projects AMA is looking for are those that address better handoffs from medical school to residency; incorporate social determinants of health, patient safety and quality improvement, and population health in residencies; and support well-being among trainees and staff.

The new partners will work with the 32 schools already in the consortium.

"This is work that is helping to define the future of medical practice in the United States," Madara said.

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