June 6, 2019

AMA grant to enhance resident training across nation

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of eight award recipients that will receive funding from the American Medical Association (AMA) as part of its new Reimagining Residency initiative.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of eight award recipients that will receive funding from the American Medical Association (AMA) as part of its new Reimagining Residency initiative.

AMA is awarding $14.4 million to support eight innovation projects led by medical schools, residency programs and health systems from across the country that oversee graduate medical education (GME). These projects will help prepare future physicians to safely transition from medical school to residency, develop the skills needed to enhance their readiness for practice and train in an environment that promotes their well-being.

“We are honored to be selected as one of only eight recipients nationally,” said Donald Brady, MD, VUMC Senior Vice President for Educational Affairs and Senior Associate Dean for GME and Continuing Professional Development. “In the face of rapid change and complex competing forces in health care, the intertwined needs of patients, systems, and health care professionals — including those in training — demand urgent attention.”

The AMA is providing $1.8 million over five years to fund each of the following eight projects aimed at promoting systemic change in residency training:

  • California Oregon Medical Partnership to Address Disparities in Rural Education and Health (COMPADRE) — Oregon Health & Science University and University of California, Davis
  • Fully Integrated Readiness for Service Training (FIRST): Enhancing the Continuum from Medical School to Residency to Practice — University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • NYU Transition to Residency Advantage — NYU School of Medicine
  • Promotion in Place: Enhancing Trainee Well-Being and Patient Care Through Time-Variable Graduate Medical Education — Partners HealthCare System, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Reimagining Residency: Ensuring Readiness for Practice Through Growing Interprofessional Partnerships to Advance Care and Education — Maine Medical Center
  • Residency Training to Effectively Address Social Determinants of Health: Applying a Curricular Framework Across Four Primary Care Specialties — Montefiore Health System in New York
  • The Graduate Medical Training “Laboratory”: An Innovative Program to Generate, Implement and Evaluate Interventions to Improve Resident Burnout and Clinical Skill —Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, and University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
  • The GOL2D Project (Goals of Life and Learning Delineated): Collaboration Across Academic Health Systems to Better Align GME with Learner, Patient and Societal Needs — Vanderbilt University Medical Center and University of Mississippi Medical Center

“The GOL2D Project will promote the flourishing of residents throughout their training and their careers, of their present and future patients, and of the communities in which those patients live,” Brady said. “We are thrilled to embark on this endeavor with our colleagues at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Leveraging both our strengths and developing a true VUMC-UMMC “Residency Reimagined” Learning Community, we have the opportunity to have a positive impact not only regionally through the training of almost 1,600 residents and fellows in more than 150 training programs across both institutions, but also nationally through dissemination of our work.”

The eight projects were selected through a competitive grant process by an advisory panel made up of leading experts in medical education based upon how well they addressed the aims of the program: improving the transition from medical school to residency to preserve continuity in professional development, ensuring readiness for practice through modifications of residency curricula, and optimizing the learning environment to support well-being among trainees, mentors, and staff.

The new AMA Reimagining Residency grant recipients will join the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative launched in 2013 to create the medical schools of the future, led at VUMC by Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC, Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education and Executive Vice President Educational Affairs, VUMC.