Mount Sinai School of Medicine receives prestigious AAMC Grant for Chronic Illness Care education

(New York, NY) The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) awarded Mount Sinai School of Medicine the Enhancing Education for Chronic Illness Care grant. The grant, totaling $125,000, is funded by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation to stimulate the development and implementation of innovative approaches for educating medical students and resident physicians on the challenges and rewards of caring for patients with chronic illnesses.

Dr. Erica Friedman, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, Dr. Mark Babyatsky, Residency Program Director and Dr. David Thomas, Medical Director, Division of General Internal Medicine are co-principal investigators on the grant.

Currently there are more than 100 million Americans afflicted with at least one chronic disease and 85 percent of Medicare beneficiaries have at least one chronic disease. The cost to the United States is staggering--75 percent of all health care spending goes to caring for those patients.

"The number of chronically ill increases as the elderly population grows. It is essential that we continue to educate our medical students and residents on a wide array of issues related to the care of people afflicted with chronic disease," states Dr. Freidman of Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

The grant will be used to redesign undergraduate and graduate medical education at Mount Sinai School of Medicine so the medical students and internal medicine residents can learn about and care for patients with chronic illness. The ultimate goal is to improve care of patients with chronic illness, both from the patient's and the healthcare team's perspectives.

A new approach to education
Dr. Friedman is spearheading the development and implementation for undergraduate medical education. The program will entail two longitudinal, team-based patient care experiences throughout the four year medical school curriculum: Seniors as Mentors (SAM) Program and the Chronic

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