Consortium of Accelerated Medical Pathway Programs

Accelerated Three-Year MD at NYU School of Medicine Consortium of Accelerated Medical Pathway Programs
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Accelerated Three-Year MD at NYU School of Medicine Consortium of Accelerated Medical Pathway Programs

NYU School of Medicine is a founding member of the Consortium of Accelerated Medical Pathway Programs. Formed in 2015 with eight medical schools and funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the consortium aims to study several aspects of accelerated MD degree programs, including financial, regulatory, and competency matters. Five additional medical schools joined the consortium in 2016.

The group also offers guidance to other medical schools seeking to develop such programs.

Goals of the Three-Year MD Consortium

Consortium member schools’ accelerated programs vary significantly, but all focus on reducing the nationwide physician shortage and alleviating student debt.

The consortium’s goals include the following:

  • to study and develop best practices in the implementation of accelerated MD degree programs
  • to understand the programs’ impact by tracking student outcomes
  • to describe effective mentoring for students
  • to promote the concept of medical education across the undergraduate–graduate continuum
  • to collaborate with licensing and regulatory agencies on residency placement
  • to stimulate a national discussion on accelerated pathways in medical education
  • to provide information that medical schools may use in building their own accelerated programs

As with NYU School of Medicine’s accelerated three-year MD pathway, many other consortium members offer incoming students conditional acceptance into residency programs at their own institutions, thereby promoting continuous learning and competency.

Participating schools have fundamental aspects in common that serve as critical points of collaboration. These include the following:

  • federal and national regulatory requirements, including guidelines related to state licensing, the National Resident Matching Program, and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • a need for improved assessment and competency measures across the undergraduate medical education–graduate medical education continuum for both three- and four-year students
  • the need for more evidence-based information upon which to make school-level programmatic and assessment decisions

Members of the Consortium

The following consortium members have accelerated MD programs.

NYU School of Medicine, New York City

Joan Cangiarella, MD, Associate Dean for Education and Faculty Affairs and Director, Three-Year MD Program

Steven Abramson, MD, Senior Vice President and Vice Dean for Education, Faculty, and Academic Affairs and Chairman, Department of Medicine

Martin Pusic, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Educational Quality and Analytics

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Rob Whyte, MD, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine MD Program

Medical College of Wisconsin–Central Wisconsin, Wausau, Wisconsin

Lisa Dodson, MD, Campus Dean, Central Wisconsin Campus Three-Year Discovery Curriculum

Medical College of Wisconsin, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Matthew Hunsaker, MD, Campus Dean, Green Bay Campus Three-Year Discovery Curriculum

Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah, Georgia

Robert Pallay, MD, Academic Chair, Program Director, Family Medicine

Tina Thompson, PhD, Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Accelerated Track in Family Medicine

Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Shou Ling Leong, MD, Director, Family Medicine Accelerated Program at Penn State (FM-APPS), Associate Vice-Chair for Education and Predoctoral Director

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Lubbock, Texas

Betsy Jones, EdD, Chair, Department of Medical Education, Co-director, Family Medicine Accelerated Track

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Sacramento, California

Tonya L. Fancher, MD, MPH, Director, Accelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC)

University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky

Amy Holthouser, MD, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

University of Kentucky School of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky

Carol Hustedde, PhD, Director of Community Medicine Education

Kevin A. Pearce, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Family and Community Medicine

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, New Jersey

Annette Reboli, MD, Vice Dean

Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina

Colleen Grochowski, PhD, Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Kristen Rundell, MD, Vice Chair of Education, Family Medicine

Allison Macerollo, MD, Co-Director Family Medicine Medical Student Education

Contact the Consortium

For more information about the Consortium of Accelerated Medical Pathway Programs, contact Joan Cangiarella, MD, at joan.cangiarella@med.nyu.edu. Dr. Cangiarella is the Associate Dean for Education, Faculty, and Academic Affairs and Program Director of NYU School of Medicine’s three-year MD pathway.