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A New Physician Helps Revamp Medical Education

Sabrina Taldone, M.D./M.B.A. ’15, associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and co-director of physicianship courses, is part of the team designing the Miller School’s new curriculum

What role is your M.B.A. playing as you begin your medical career?
My M.B.A. year, after my third year at the Miller School, gave me the opportunity to work with a cohort focused on different disciplines, including business, engineering and other health care fields. In medicine, we interact in multidisciplinary teams, incorporating the strengths of the various team members, to improve patient care delivery.

You are part of a team that is revamping the Miller School curriculum. How is that mission progressing?
To help prepare the Miller School’s next generation of physicians, we are integrating what the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium has identified as “health systems science,” which is the fundamental understanding of how health care is delivered, into

a well-rounded medical education. The new curriculum will go live in August 2020 for the incoming first-year class.

While evidence-based medicine emphasizes making patient care decisions based on scientifically proven diagnoses and treatments, should medical education also cover
Absolutely. In the physicianship curriculum that I help oversee, we begin integrating those concepts in the first weeks of medical school. We cover legal privacy obligations, such as HIPAA regulations, and ethics regarding confidentiality. The future curriculum will address informatics, data analytics and how to use electronic medical records in a more cohesive way in delivering safe, quality patient care. We will reinforce those concepts throughout every student’s education.

FALL 2019