Many people have for long criticized the US medical schools for being imperious, hidebound and out of touch with modern health care requirements. Since 1910 the main structure of medical schools which is a two-year study of medical science and two years of clinical work has been in place. However, nowadays there is a wave of innovation sweeping through medical schools, and most of it is aimed at creating doctors who are in a better situation to handle the changing health care needs of the country.
At the new Hofstra North shore LIJ? School of medicine New York students spent the first eight weeks of their study in becoming certified emergency medical technicians and learned lifesaving skills on 911 calls requiring split second decisions. At Penn State College of Medicine, the students of first-year work as patient navigators who help the ailing, injured and their families go through the medical system which is often confusing and experience this from their point of view.
These are not textbook exercises, they are real life, and students love it according to Marc Triola who is the dean of educational informatics in NYU. According to medical educators, these innovations are long overdue because the system of medical education is almost a century old. The health care system in the US is becoming more data-driven, patient centered, evidence based and value oriented. However due to the tradition, concerns regarding accreditation and preparing students for the national board exams the people who design the curriculums of medical schools were apprehensive to shift their focus.