be done better. This was a great opportunity in starting from scratch to take a
look at health care, ask questions about
what would make it better, and then
think about what that translated into
in terms of the physicians of the future.
What that translated into in terms of a
curriculum for medical school.
How long ago did you come onboard
before the school actually opened to its
I’ve been in this job now three years.
We’ve just had students for about eight
months now. We started recruiting
about a year and a half after I started.
What was important to you in
terms of changing the model of
One thing was to de-emphasize memorization and the sort of facts-oriented
approach. Eliminate lectures, or at
least reduce them dramatically. Then,
focus on problem-solving in teams. Our
curriculum is largely based on that.
We’re not the first to make that change,
although it’s a little more dramatic here
than in almost any other place. Reduce
the amount of time that we spend
teaching basic sciences. Then we could
change the content of what people were
learning as well.
For us, we’re really interested in
training leaders. The health-care
system is not what we’d want, and
physicians need to rise up and be
leaders in making those changes, not
resisting change. Also, in how to work
in teams and communication skills
and human-centered design, starting
with the person and designing the care
around their needs, not around our
needs as providers. Systems engineering amongst a host of other things that
are really focused on, how do we fix
this system of health care? Not just,
how do we perform in a one-on-one
encounter that occurs in a clinic or
Can you talk a little more about your
I’ll give you an example. We don’t have
a lecture hall. Instead, we have a room
where it’s tiered and there are tables
Patients Are a Virtue Dell Medical School introduces students to patient-centered, case-based instruction almost immediately.