November 11, 2005

Med School initiatives outlined at AAMC meet

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Steven Gabbe, M.D.

Med School initiatives outlined at AAMC meet

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) students, faculty, and administration provided insight on topics including education, research and measuring quality of care during the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting Nov. 4-9 in Washington, D.C.

VUSM Dean Steven Gabbe, M.D., highlighted Vanderbilt's Physician Scientist Development (VPSD) program and the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) during Monday's session, “Beyond Silos: Future Organization for Clinical Research and Training Clinical Investigators.”

The VPSD program was created to address a significant decline in the number of physician scientists entering the field of research. It provides two years of salary support while the new scientists conduct research under the direct supervision of an established Vanderbilt investigator.

An M.S. in Clinical Investigation was established at Vanderbilt to focus on training and mentoring senior fellows and junior faculty in patient-oriented research.

“I think we are having a major role on many levels,” Gabbe said of Vanderbilt's initiatives regarding clinical research and education.

Poster presentations on the University's Emphasis Program and Clinical Transaction Project were made jointly at the AAMC Innovations in Medical Education exhibit by Bonnie Miller, M.D., associate dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, and Gerald Gotterer, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for Faculty and Academic Administrative Affairs.

The AAMC profiled a Web site created by Assistant Dean for Medical Student Affairs Scott Rodgers, M.D., and VUSM student Sanjay Patel in discussing how to combine career guidance and Web-based career planning sites.

Rodgers and Patel spoke about how schools can supplement CiM Web resources with local, institution-specific, Web-based career guidance and information during their “Career Guidance and the Web: A Joining of Forces” session.

The GEA/GSA Mini-Workshop Session, “Linking Tomorrow's Doctors with Tomorrow's Clinical Outcomes: The Healthcare Matrix at Work,” was organized by Vanderbilt's Doris Quinn, Ph.D., director of Improvement Education, with Clinical Improvement Director John Bingham, M.H.A., speaking as faculty.

Vanderbilt University has developed the Healthcare Matrix as an educational tool to link the six Institute of Medicine (IOM) Aims and six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Core Competencies and guide the analysis and evaluation of medical students, residents and practicing physicians.

A database of 28 matrices from the Vanderbilt Department of Neurology demonstrated how Matrix data is used to inform the organizations of necessary improvements with patient care as well as in education related to the core competencies.