Training the Next Generation of Doctors and Nurses
Laura Pappano, The New York Times
In what looks like an urgent game of catch-up, medical and nursing schools across the country are retooling how and what they teach. This also is getting a boost from concern about the looming shortage of primary caregivers.
Indeed, health care education is being redesigned, with more community-based clinic rotations, special programs (and scholarships) for rural and underserved students, and a greater role for nurses and nurse practitioners. Technology, including virtual reality, augmented-reality software, and high-fidelity simulations (mannequins "breathe," cry, sweat, and respond to medication), is key as schools seek to make learning more efficient and relevant.