S. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston, MD, PhD, MPH
Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin
How Would You Build an Academic Medical System to Bridge Research and Care if You Could Start from Scratch?
Real-world evidence; Clinical research; Clinical decisions; Healthcare; Medical systems; Patient experience; Physicians; Clinical data
- About 20% of major clinical decisions are based on real-world evidence. This low percentage perpetuates an inconsistency between the research that is conducted and the care that is provided to patients.
- The recently established Dell Medical School, at The University of Texas at Austin, aims to start from scratch by building a bridge between research and care. This effort involves a cycle of outcomes that includes payment for value, design, clinical expertise, team care, and technology.
- To change the relationship between research and care for individuals, we must ask tough questions like, “Can we reduce physician distraction and improve the patient experience?”
Consent is often an underutilized area of routine care. Consent, through the work being done at Dell Medical School, is provided on a case-by-case basis, in addition to “blanket consent.”
New schools, like Dell Medical School, have the advantage to take bigger leaps in exploring the connection between research and care. Demonstrating what works and what doesn’t helps to create a business case for other schools and research entities.
Setting up a medical school in a nontraditional way has a large impact on medical students and residents; for example, the novel curriculum and increased interest in medical school applicants who exemplify leadership and creativity skills.
Key success factor: Prime everyone to truly care about improving health.
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