Quality Matters Archive

Quality Matters reported on emerging models and trends in health care delivery reform and interviews with leaders in the field. Please read its successor, Transforming Care.

  • April/May 2014 Issue
In Focus: Modernizing Medical Education to Advance New Care Models and Foster Continuous Quality Improvement

Medical schools around the country are revamping their curricula to help students take advantage of new data analytics tools, team-based models of care, and quality improvement techniques known to enhance outcomes and increase the efficiency of care. 

Q&A: Tailoring Coursework to the Strengths and Weaknesses of Students

George C. Mejicano, M.D., senior associate dean for education at Oregon Health and Science University's School of Medicine, is overseeing a dramatic revision of the school’s curriculum, designed to tailor coursework to the strengths and weaknesses of each student.

Q&A: Using Medical Students as Patient Navigators

Terry Wolpaw, M.D., vice dean for educational affairs at Penn State College of Medicine, is overseeing revisions to the school's curriculum aimed at helping students understand the way care delivery models, socioeconomic determinants of health, and payment approaches affect treatment outcomes. A key part of this is having first-year students serve as patient navigators. 

News Briefs

Medicare releases data on how much it pays physicians, the CDC reports progress in reducing certain types of hospital-acquired infections, and more.

Publications of Note

Selected publications from the professional literature focus on the reasons for variation in hospital readmission rates, declines in hospital use among Medicare beneficiaries, the effects of disease management programs on medication adherence, and more.

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