AMA, Regenstrief Institute partner to improve EHR training in med schools

The American Medical Association and Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute, a faculty-led support organization of the Indiana University School of Medicine, joined forces to encourage medical schools to provide students with real-world EHR experience.

The Regenstrief Institute and the IU School of Medicine, also based in Indianapolis, jointly developed the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform, which provides students with deidentified patient data. From there, students can practice EHR skills by navigating records, documenting encounters and placing orders for patient care.

The Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform, which will be distributed to medical schools across the country, was developed through AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative, which aims to "create the medical school of the future." Through this initiative, AMA awarded the IU School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute a $1 million grant to create an EHR training curriculum.

"Our medical schools are very good at preparing students for the basic and clinical sciences that are essential to providing patient care," said Susan Skochelak, MD, vice president for medical education at AMA. "However, many residents and young physicians are coming out of medical school with gaps in their ability to practice in the modern health system."

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