EMR in the Classroom

Commitment to Change in Medical Education

Sadly, less than 20% of the readers of this article are committed to real change in medical education. The other 80%–need more convincing. Which group are you in today?

This “need-for-change” is a common theme in all communities. It covers every aspect of our lives, but we usually can’t see it unless someone points it out. We have the proclivity to wait for validation from others before we take any action.

I have witnessed many smart and well-intentioned individuals fall short of their expectations and that of others because they have conviction, but lack the commitment to see their innovation through to completion.

I have fallen prey to this as well. Most do. We fail continuously to see our grand and noble intentions come to life, and wonder, “Why did this happen again?”

All Too Common Example

What is it? It is the diet we know will improve our general health and wellbeing that is here today and stopped tomorrow. We cheat on our diets after awhile. We gave the diet a trial run and failed to follow it long-term to see the real benefits. It must be the wrong diet, right?

Social norms convict us to start many things. We start out with confidence and conviction to see a diet through to the end. Within weeks, most of us fail because we don’t see the change we desired fast enough. We are convinced we would like to have nice abs. We simply don’t understand the effort that it takes to get there is significant. We ultimately fail because we lack real commitment.

Whole industries bank on shortcuts that cheat or reduce the time to get to seemingly unattainable goals. There is no shortcut for changing medical education on the horizon. It is going to take programs that invest in change today that believe that they can make a change. We can.

Not Impossible

I attended the ChangeMedEd 2015 conference that the AMA put on in Chicago at the beginning of October. At the conference, we were challenged to ‘Commit” and figure it out by the keynote speaker Mick Ebeling from Not Impossible Labs. He was the right keynote speaker for this audience of medical professionals.

Not because he was an accomplished medical educator—although everyone in that audience learned something about themselves that morning. It is also not because he has a long pedigree of letters behind his name from prestigious institutions. No, Mick Ebeling was the right keynote speaker for our audience of medical educators because he gave us the blueprint for truly changing the face of medical education for future providers.

If you have been living under a rock as I have been, then you are likely not familiar with Mick or his work changing the world. Yes, the world–changing thinking in medical devices comes from (wait for it) a film producer?

Mick tackles big problems in uniquely inventive and inexpensive ways because he and his team think differently about cost-prohibitive problems facing the world today. He is the “people’s” medical device innovator because he cares enough to comitt—and that is why he gets committed first and then figures it out.

Join millions who already have discovered the great things that he and his teams have done here.

Not Alone

Mick is not alone. He is impressive, but everything that he has accomplished is bubbling up inside of each one of us. We simply allow ourselves, much like the diet, to start something of perceived value when we are convinced—not committed to it. I like the fresh thinking by Mick around going after things that you commit to because a commitment is not only personal, but it is also very public. That is why we are building a community for the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR).

You don’t want to be the person people perceive who goes back on their word. Therefore, when you make a public commitment to something, it means more. The research on the subject supports it here–assuming you care what others think. The disinterested and apathetic are fighting a different battle altogether.

Committed to ChangeMedEd

The team and I are working on the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR) project with our partners at Indiana University School of Medicine through the AMA grant Accelerating Change in Medical Education (ACE) Grant. The Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR) has received a great deal of interest from other medical schools that are interested in incorporating our EHR into their clinical education program. As the software Product Manager for this new product, I’m very encouraged by the interest.

The amount of feedback that we have received has already helped to elevate the software product beyond the initial scope of the grant. This interest in change is ideal for medical education and ultimately the patients we serve.

Our Institute’s own interest and investment in the sustainability of the product and its dissemination is the fuel we need to effectuate change in the medical education in the coming years. We are doing our part. Although, we can’t do it alone. So, we have begun seeking out interested partners to join us on the journey to improve and change medical education one classroom at a time using our Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR application).

It may seem self-serving to want to see the product proliferate, but what motivates the team is positive change rather than profits or prestige. Like proud parents, we wish to see “our baby” grow up in the medical education community that is prime for growth and do our part to help future providers find joy in the practice of medicine.

Clearly Committed

Join us, the team at the Regenstrief Institute, in this valuable endeavor as we crowd-solve the issues facing medical education today. We are getting there quickly with new tools and technology to advance clinical practice starting with classes on day one.

Changing MedEd with technology-enhanced solutions is not an impossible pursuit with the right partners. I’m confident in the team that we are laying the foundation right now to accelerate clinical learning for students and educators.

Have I convinced you that now is the time to make that commitment with us?

Graciously your partner and advocate for change,
Brian Stout
Sr. Product Manager – Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (formerly the Teaching EMR)
Regenstrief Institute




About the Author

Brian Stout is a senior leader in marketing and product at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis. He is an authority on using EHRs in Medical and Allied Professions Education. He leads product for one of the nation’s most seasoned (since 1972) and innovative electronic health record platforms in the country. An advocate for learning and professional development, he is continuing his education with a Masters in Data Science from Indiana University in the Fall of 2017. You can follow him on Twitter @TeachingEMR and LinkedIn or other social platforms under ThinkStout.