AAOS Report - December, 2005

AAMC issues report on musculoskeletal medicine education

Coinciding with Bone and Joint National Awareness Week 2005, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) issued its Medical School Objectives Project report, Contemporary Issues in Medicine: Musculoskeletal Medicine Education. This report describes the basic learning objectives and educational strategies related to musculoskeletal medicine education for all American medical schools.

The report strongly recommends the integration of musculoskeletal medicine throughout the curriculum in medical schools so that all graduating medical students will be able to treat appropriately the many millions of patients with conditions affecting musculoskeletal systems. It supports the efforts of Project 100, a Bone and Joint Decade-sponsored venture to ensure that 100 percent of American medical schools offer dedicated instruction in musculoskeletal medicine.

“The U.S. Bone and Joint Decade created Project 100 to improve medical school education in musculoskeletal medicine, and ultimately to better the care of patients. The objectives and education strategies articulated by the AAMC report will help make certain that students will be prepared for that important work,” said AAOS fellow Joseph Bernstein, MD, chair of Project 100, and author of the Academy’s textbook for medical students, Musculoskeletal Medicine. To access a copy of the report, go to http://www.aamc.org/meded/msop/msop7.pdf.

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