First Annual Medical Education Leadership Institute

06/14/04

AMSA and Mount Sinai School of Medicine host institute to teach tomorrow's teachers

New York, N.Y.--The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the nation's largest, independent medical student organization and Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM) today announced the "First Annual Medical Education Leadership Institute." The five-day program, which will be held at Mount Sinai School of Medicine on June 20-25, 2004, is intended to provide medical students with practical teaching and leadership skills.

Residents and medical students play key roles in the educational process for their peers. Resident physicians, recent graduates of medical schools themselves, are responsible for much of the clinical instruction received by medical students. In turn, the medical students are expected to educate their peers, patients and even supervising resident physicians on a daily basis. Despite the key educational roles played by students and residents, only half of the nation's residency programs and far fewer medical schools provide an opportunity for young physicians to develop these teaching skills.

To address this need, AMSA partnered with MSSM to develop the Medical Education Institute, a first-of-its-kind national teacher trainer program for medical students. Students from across the country will gather in New York to learn the skills necessary for effective clinical education as well as to be empowered to implement curricular reform projects at their home institutions.

"Educating medical students has long been a responsibility of all resident physicians," says Brian Palmer, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., AMSA National President. "As an organization committed to improving medical education and advancing the profession of medicine, AMSA is confident that the Medical Education Institute will offer students the additional skills they will need to succeed in their profession."

"We invest resources in programs to aid our faculty in becoming better teachers," said Dr. Larry Smith, Dean of Medical Education at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "The Institute is a logical extension of these efforts. It provides a means of reaching out to our newest teachers -- the students and residents."

About The American Medical Student Association The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with more than a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. With nearly 50,000 members, including medical and premedical students, residents and practicing physicians, AMSA is committed to improving medical training as well as advancing the profession of medicine. AMSA focuses on four strategic priorities, including universal healthcare, disparities in medicine, diversity in medicine and transforming the culture of medicine. To learn more about AMSA, our strategic priorities, or joining the organization, please visit us online at http://www.amsa.org/.

About Mount Sinai School of Medicine Located in Manhattan, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized for ground-breaking clinical and basic-science research, and innovative approaches to medical education.

Through the Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Mount Sinai trains biomedical researchers with an emphasis on the rapid translation of discoveries of basic research into new techniques for fighting disease. One indication of Mount Sinai's leadership in scientific investigation is its receipt during fiscal year 2002 of $142.2 million, an increase of 16.7 percent from the previous year, and a jump of 80.5 percent since 1998. Mount Sinai now ranks 22nd among the nation's 125 medical schools in receipt of research support from NIH. Mount Sinai School of Medicine also is known for unique educational programs such as the Humanities in Medicine program, which creates opportunities for liberal arts students to pursue medical school, and instructional innovations like The Morchand Center, the nation's largest program teaching students and physicians with "standardized patients" to become not only highly skilled, but compassionate caregivers. Long dedicated to improving its community, the School extends its boundaries to work with the East Harlem community to pair physician/scientists and medical students with at risk high school students interested in careers in math and science.

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