MU School of Medicine Receives National Award for innovation in medical education and research

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 | 5:54 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The MU School of Medicine has received a national award for institutions using innovative processes that lead to better research.

The Medical School is one of five recipients of the Learning Health System Challenge Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, according to a release from the MU School of Medicine.

Linda Headrick, senior associate dean for education at the Medical School and professor of internal medicine, led the application, which focused on using inter-professional education and health system partnerships to improve education about "quality improvement and patient safety," according to the release.

Headrick said one example of inter-professional education was a simulation scenario focusing on teamwork and patient safety for students in the School of Medicine to work with other students in the Sinclair School of Nursing, the School of Health Professions and the University of Missouri-Kansas City's satellite pharmacy program.

Several other MU faculty were also part of the application team.

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