More than a century after being shaped by the Flexner Report, medical education in the United States is in the midst of change and the time is ripe for educators to embrace the change, said Kelly Caverzagie, M.D., a noted author and speaker on medical education.
A number of external factors have spurred a transition in traditional medical education to competency-based medical education since the 1970s, said Caverzagie, a hospitalist and associate vice chair for quality and physician competence in the Department of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Caverzagie delivered the 27th annual William Goodson Lecture on Oct. 25 at the School of Medicine and said now is an exciting time to be involved in medical education.
“There is great opportunity for us right now to redefine our profession, to redefine who we are, what it is we do and define what the next century will look like for physician education,” Caverzagie said.
In his lecture, “Achieving the Promise of Competency-Based Medical Education,” Caverzagie said a redesign of medical education is imperative in order to meet the needs of the nation’s health care system.
Caverzagie encouraged medical educators to “embrace change as an opportunity to improve our profession.”