On January 29, Loma Linda University hosted a Project Medical Education day for prominent business leaders and policy advisors in the Southern California area.
The AAMC created Project Medical Education to help “medical schools and teaching hospitals educate Congress and their staff, state and local officials, community members, potential and current donors, and others outside of academic medicine about the process of medical education, the benefits it provides, its complex funding mechanisms, and the essential role of government in providing financial support.”
The day consisted of a condensed version of medical school. Participants interviewed and went through the financial process of admittance, took part in a white coat ceremony, and learned about undergraduate medical education. They toured labs, the emergency department, NICU, and CCU and experienced the Match.
At the end of the day, participants “graduated” from medical school and toured the new hospital.
The guests found the experience enlightening and mentioned that it gave them a much clearer picture of the opportunities and challenges of educating physicians. It also gave Loma Linda University an opportunity to share its global impact and philosophy of whole-person care.