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Date Updated: November 9, 2011

Health System Reform Policies

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Policy: Ongoing reform initiatives should support longitudinal study of the formation of healthcare professionals, from undergraduate medical education through continuing professional development in practice, identifying the best means to guide the investment of scarce resources in the development of future healthcare workers.

Congress should authorize and fund an analysis of the investments made by society in educating and monitoring the health professions workforce. An ongoing Framingham-like longitudinal study that gathers data to assess the relative effectiveness of approaches to education, assessment, and professional development would allow decisions about future health system reforms to be more evidence based than is possible today.

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