Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, professor of pathology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson was recently featured on Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s MedPage Today, along with other healthcare leaders, to weigh in on the notion of shortening medical school to three years.
Dr. Weinstein is a supporter of the three year medical school and was also featured in a video with Holly Humphrey, MD, Professor of Medicine and Dean for Medical Education at the University of Chicago Medicine, who supports the three year curriculum as an option for medical students.
Dr. Weinstein advocates for the teaching of core medical science curriculums during undergraduate college years and teaching basic health literacy and medical science courses in K-12 schools.
Dr. Weinstein notes that, “only 15 percent of Americans are sufficiently health literate to deal with their own healthcare issues” according to the prestigious US Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. “This could have a significant negative impact on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act” according to Weinstein.
Currently, Dr. Weinstein and Dr. Anna R. Graham, professor emeritus of pathology at the UA College of Medicine, are teaching medical science to seventh grade students at BASIS North Tucson, Tucson, Arizona, and eighth and ninth grade students at BASIS Oro Valley, Oro Valley, Arizona. Recently, the BASIS Oro Valley middle school students voted Medical Science their “Elective-of-the-Year”.
Both Dr. Weinstein and Dr. Graham have received the UA College of Medicine’s “Teacher-of-the-Year Lifetime Teaching Award”, and have been presidents of national medical organizations. Dr. Weinstein was recently inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association Hall-of-Fame.
Read more of the three-year medical school discussion on MedPage Today.