Flipping the traditional medical school training model

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The latest episode in the “Ask the Experts” series features Dr. Jeffrey Wong, associate dean for medical education at Penn State, and Morgan Decker, medical student design partner, who discuss an innovative approach to medical education at Penn State.

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In the “Ask the Experts” video series, produced by the Center for Health Care and Policy Research (CHCPR) at Penn State, leaders in the industry share their perspectives on key topics affecting health care delivery and policy. The series is designed to reveal where and how important policy and practice topics intersect, and highlight ways in which research can advance that integration.

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Wong assumed the role of associate dean for medical education for the University Park Program of Penn State College of Medicine in June 2015. He has a more than 30-year career in academic medicine with past appointments at Duke University Medical Center, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, and the Medical University of South Carolina. He has published in the areas of curriculum design and evaluation, faculty development in clinical teaching skills, and in the education of medical students and internal medicine residents. 

Decker has spent her educational career in central Pennsylvania. In 2016, she graduated from Juniata College with a bachelor of science in biology and certification in genomics. Since then, she has spent her time as a medical student design partner for Penn State College of Medicine. As a deferred medical student, she dedicated a year to piloting and co-creating the University Park Program. Her medical interests include returning to serve the patients of rural central Pennsylvania. 

Dennis P. Scanlon, distinguished professor of health policy and administration and director of CHCPR in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, interviews the guests on “Ask the Experts” series. Scanlon’s research focuses on understanding the role of measurement, incentives, quality improvement and individual and organizational behavior change for improving important health care outcomes, including clinical quality, patient experience and economic efficiency. 

The mission of CHCPR is to create and disseminate new scientific knowledge that will help private and public decision-makers to develop cost effective services and programs that improve people's health. CHCPR helps researchers interested in all aspects of health services and health care improvement find funding, develop quality research designs, collect and analyze data, and disseminate findings to the right audiences.

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Last Updated June 14, 2017