I’ve been fortunate enough to attend Stanford Medicine X over the past 4 years. Each year I’m surrounded by the most remarkable people and ideas. And each year I think: What are we doing to bring these ideas to medical students?
I think we’re closer.
A natural evolution into medical education
This weekend marked the announcement of the Medicine X | Ed 2015, a novel meeting that plays on the power, energy and innovation of one of modern medicine’s most influential communities, Medicine X. Medicine X | Ed represents a natural evolution of MedX thinking into an area desperately in need of disruption: medical education.
American medical education is graduating doctors thoroughly unprepared to deal with the challenges of a connected age. It’s time to breed a new generation of doctor with a fresh, timely set of literacies. The product not of an amphitheater but of a global community made up of diverse stakeholders.
MedX is perfectly positioned to transform medical education in this very way. It brings a focused and passionate community of patients and innovators with the capacity to collaborate. Most importantly it brings a mindset for change.
Beginning a conversation
While the core issues may not be figured out, we can start a conversation. We can ask questions. For answers we can look to patients, designers, artists, IDEO alumni, behavioralists, content creators, English professors, poets, visionaries, makers and rabble-rousers from verticals far removed from the medicine’s isolated space.
Let’s help MedX rethink medical education. Let’s think about what we can do collectively to fill the cavernous gaps left by our 20th century, industrial age system of making doctors.
When MedX founder and visionary Larry Chu left the stage after Saturday’s announcement at Stanford he noted that a line has been drawn in the sand.
As a patient or a doctor, what are the gaps in medical education and priorities for Medicine X | Ed to zero in on during the first year? Comment below or by using #MedX on Twitter.
Will you be at Stanford for Medicine X | Ed in 2015?