Three ambitious "blue sky” ideas with eyes set on improving diversity, equity and inclusion in medical education have been selected to receive $20,000 AMA planning grants.
The ideas were selected from an initial pool of 135 applicants from which twenty-five were selected to take part in a “Shark Tank”-style presentation at the ChangeMedEd® 2021 conference.
ChangeMedEd attendees ultimately selected three ideas to be eligible for financial help to support further refinement, development of a full proposal, and efforts to seek additional funding.
The three ideas selected, each eligible for a one-year, $20,000 planning grant, focus on:
The importance of pathways from community college to medical school.
Scaling mentorship for potential medical professionals through a virtual platform.
Creating more equity in clerkship grading.
Community college pathways to medicine
In presenting his idea—"Early Assurance: Community college to medical school”—Jerrod Writt, MD, highlighted the importance of community college for historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups.
“Half of Black, Latinx and Native American students who attend college attend community college,” said Dr. Writt, a family physician with Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento who is an AMA member. “Medical students who attend community college are more likely to go into primary care and practice in underserved communities.”