Medical Education and Training 3.0

Medical Education and Training 3.0

Medical Education and Training 3.0

The COVID pandemic is forcing almost every industry and company to rethink how they do business. Higher education is no exception.

Medical schools and graduate medical education programs have been slow to make fundamental changes. However, most have merely tweaked their existing models instead of making them obsolete.

The medical education model was last reformed as a result of the Flexner report in 1910. The Flexner Report of 1910 transformed the nature and process of medical education in America with a resulting elimination of proprietary schools and the establishment of the biomedical model as the gold standard of medical training. As a result, over 100 years later, " the profession’s infatuation with the hyper-rational world of German medicine created an excellence in science that was not balanced by a comparable excellence in clinical caring."

So, what should medical education and training look like to prepare graduates and trainees to win the 4th industrial revolution?

  1. Consolidation and improved handoffs between premed, medical school and residency training.
  2. Online classes replacing face to face classes simultaneously supplementing clinical training when applicable.
  3. Reducing tuition and overhead.
  4. Using data and analytics medical education technologies to pace learning.
  5. Eliminating invalid admission requirements that don't produce better doctors and improve equity, diversity and inclusion in admissions.
  6. Rethinking national boards and maintenance of certification requirements.
  7. Rethinking the balance between the science of medicine and the art of medicine.
  8. Mandating education and training in medical systems science, the business of medicine, bioinformatics, behavioral health and the impact of social determinants.
  9. Changing how we select, train, and promote faculty.
  10. Changing the rules to allow a national, if not international, medical and virtual care license.

COVID will pass. It would be a waste if it left in its wake the same medical education model that has been in place for 110 years.

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs.

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  • Abigail Kane

    Medical schools don't want to change. We need more doctors and healthcare workers.

  • Natasha Terry

    Covid will be gone. We gotta learn lessons.

  • Chris Setchell

    Online classes are a must with covid...

  • Rebecca P

    Shift the curriculum online

  • Chris Robinson

    One door closes...another door to the future of medicine opens

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at He has created several medical device and digital health companies. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need his expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. He is a former Harvard-Macy fellow and In 2010, he completed a Fulbright at Kings Business, the commercialization office of technology transfer at Kings College in London. He recently published "Building the Case for Biotechnology." "Optical Detection of Cancer", and " The Life Science Innovation Roadmap". He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. In addition, He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School where he teaches Biomedical Entrepreneurship and is an iCorps participant, trainer and industry mentor. He is the Chief Medical Officer at and and Chairman of the Board at GlobalMindED at, a non-profit at risk student success network. He is honored to be named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives of 2011 and nominated in 2012 and Best Doctors 2013.

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