Newer approaches to training medical students, such as that seen at the Dell Medical School in Austin, are aiming to provide a holistic educational experience. From understanding community issues and health systems, to thinking about what makes a better hospital gown it is hoped that our doctors of the future will improve patient care both in the hospital and out in the wider world. Given such a rapidly evolving environment this can only help our junior clinicians better prepare for the future challenges that lie ahead.
While most medical schools are trying to get students out of lecture halls and into hospitals, Kaiser Permanente hopes to get students out of hospitals and into communities. Students will visit patients in their homes to see how they live and what behavior change looks like in living rooms instead of hospital rooms. They’ll also be trained as emergency medical technicians — riding in ambulances alongside other medical professionals, responding to accidents, violence and trauma in their communities.