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UC to Improve Chronic Care Education

Published July 2006

UC was one of only 10 academic health centers selected to receive a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to improve chronic illness care through changes in medical education.

 

The "Enhancing Education for Chronic Illness Care" grant was awarded to the departments of internal medicine and family medicine, the medical education office and the Institute for the Study of Health. Faculty will redesign curricula for medical students and offer residents more opportunities to care for chronically ill patients.

 

"Caring for chronic illness represents a huge portion of a physician's workload," says Andrew Filak, MD, senior associate dean for academic affairs, "but the health care community has yet to put the resources and tools in place to train medical students and new physicians how to best manage these patients.

 

"By establishing these relationships early in a student's career, we hope to show them the need for and impact of continuity of care in chronically ill patients."

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