Our first blog post inaugurates an expanded presence for the Office of Medical Education on the world wide web and through social media channels as we continue to implement our vision for medical education. We hope that you will return to our site frequently, interact with us online and through our blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We also hope to meet a number of you as colleagues in person during the upcoming months.
We are very excited about starting a new residency program in pediatrics at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine! We are building an innovative training program that will prepare physicians to be leaders in pediatric health care. If you are a fourth year medical student, please explore our new web site and apply to our program in St. Petersburg, Florida when the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) opens in September 2013 for the 2014 NRMP Match in Pediatrics.
Health care is experiencing rapid change. We recognize that the strategies of medical educators to prepare residents for the evolving future of health care must also change, and invite candidates to review our plans to equip physicians to step into the future as leaders. While these realities and aspirations can drive the development of new programs in graduate medical education, additional trends also need to be addressed.
A number of new medical schools have been chartered. At established medical schools, enrollment and class sizes have also increased over the last decade. The aging physician workforce in the United States remains a significant concern for many leaders in academic, practice and policy circles. Many of the pediatric subspecialties have significant physician workforce needs that are unmet. At a time when the leaders who founded these subspecialty fields three to four decades ago are nearing the ends of their careers, time-limited opportunities exist for mentorship of the next generation of pediatric specialists. A wealth of knowledge in patient care, education, research, and leadership must be passed on to physicians in training through graduate medical education programs.
Yet, despite these trends that clearly identify needs for the health of the American public, graduate medical education training programs have not expanded significantly in number or size.
The June 17, 2013 issue of the Wall Street Journal profiles the current national debate on whether new residency programs should be started. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324563004578525454050176758.html It is my assessment that the United States needs additional residency and fellowship training programs as well as an increase in the size of established programs. An equally important need is the creation of program innovations that will transform the delivery of medical education in such a way that residents, fellows, faculty and graduates will together change health care delivery for the future. We seek to be one of those new programs that will lead the way in the era of outcomes oriented medical education.
As we continue to build new graduate medical education programs at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, we look forward to innovating while training physicians who will be prepared to be leaders in America’s health care system. Our new residency program is set to begin its journey into that future!
Director of Medical Education