January 31, 2012

Back to school: Teaching the next generation of cost-conscious physicians


…But perhaps to truly control costs, healthcare needs to revisit where physicians' careers begin: medical school. That’s the point made by three professors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in an article they wrote for Academic Medicine in response to that journal’s 2011 Question of the Year. The question asked what improvements in medical education will lead to better health for individuals and populations, and for Frederic W. Hafferty, PhD; Michael Brennan, MD; and Wojciech Pawlina, MD, the answer was to teach medical students to consider the burden of treatments they provide from a financial perspective.

CMIO, by Evan Godt, 01/30/2012

Tags: 2011 Question of the Year, Academic Medicine, Frederic W. Hafferty, Health Policy, healthcare costs, Mayo Clinic Rochester, medical school, Michael Brennan, Wojciech Pawlina

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