Our traditions of the biopsychosocial model and the unification model remain strong and relevant today, but we are being challenged to prepare doctors, nurses and scientists to practice in a world transformed by unprecedented changes in technology, in health care delivery, and in research funding and priorities.
How do we teach the skills of valuable and useful technologies—from smartphones to electronic records to genomic sequencing—while still preserving the humanistic medicine we are known for? How do we prepare tomorrow’s clinicians for a world that demands and rewards cost-efficiency, teamwork, safety, patient-centered care and patient satisfaction?
A strategic planning process for education across the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the School of Nursing, and the Eastman Institute of Oral Health has begun as we rethink the way we educate today’s and tomorrow’s physicians, nurses, scientists, and staffs. The emphasis will be on team training and producing the right mix of professionals equipped with the skills needed for the new world of health care.