Medical alumni and guests experienced what it was like to be a current medical student on October 18, 2013 at the Back to the Future of Medical Education program held in the Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center, as part of the 2013 Medical Alumni Reunion Weekend.
Alumni first received a packet of information that included an admissions letter, financial aid information, Class of 2013 overview and a personalized profile, detailing information similar to an incoming 2013 medical student. Alumni were welcomed by Quinn Capers, VI, MD ’91, Associate Dean of Admissions, and experienced a condensed version of the present-day admissions process and week-long orientation. Alumni were informed about the increased costs of medical education and opportunities to offset expenses such as scholarships and student loan options. As you can imagine, financial education is critical for today’s medical students because the average Ohio State medical school debt is nearly $158,000, compared to a mere $46,500 in 1978.
Dean Charles Lockwood, MD then described the evolution of medical education. For example this year, all incoming students received ipads, utilizing technology over textbooks. One of the greatest changes to medical education is the new Lead. Serve. Inspire. curriculum, changing the way students learn and interact with patients. The curriculum focuses on five core educational objective: patient care, medical knowledge and skills, practice-based & life-long learning, interpersonal communication, and systems-based practice. A hands-on experience was also provided, allowing alumni to practice their skills in 26,000 square feet of simulation labs, bringing foundational sciences to life.
Possibly the most impactful day of medical school was not forgotten, Match Day. Alumni received sealed envelopes, and at the instruction of the Dean, they opened to find out their residency location. While a 3 hour program may not demonstrate all of the changes to medical education, alumni were astounded at the growth and evolution of the College of Medicine. You can look forward to next year’s Back to the Future of Medical Education program during the 2014 Homecoming-Reunion Weekend, October 17-18.