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Hospitals and Health Network: "Medical schools need to do more than "check off the boxes" when it comes to incorporating population health in medical education"

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David Nash, M.D., is the founding dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University — the nation’s first college of population health. As a pioneer of the concept, Nash says schools need to do more than “check off the boxes” when it comes to bringing population health into medical education.

Many schools will create a department of population health or add a class or two on the subject, Nash says, but more is needed.

“What I see going on around the country is a belated but welcome recognition that this is important. We’ve been creating a physician who doesn’t understand current market forces,” he says. “We have to build a different kind of doctor for the future. That means changing the factory floor.” The primary factors needed for the rebuild are population health, quality and safety, he says.

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