How to get a good diagnosis: The best advice from doctors and medical professionals
Doctors and medical practitioners alike have long been calling for better patient care and improved medical knowledge in order to prevent disease and improve health outcomes.
They’ve said that to be successful, we must address the underlying causes of disease, and that’s why doctors and other health professionals have been increasingly calling for a new way to diagnose and treat disease, particularly chronic disease.
And they’ve been calling out medical schools for not providing the kind of research and knowledge they need.
Now, the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are asking medical schools to make changes to their curricula, so that students can get the information they need and to have access to the best possible care for themselves and their families.
But the current system is not working.
Doctors and health professionals across the country are asking that we improve the way we diagnose, treat and manage chronic diseases.
In the meantime, we’re going to continue to put our trust in the medical community.
We have a responsibility to do what we can to help make our communities healthier, and to make sure our communities get the care they need, the care that’s needed.
The AMA and the ACP are calling on medical schools and medical societies to: * Create a new program for students to access and understand the most up-to-date medical knowledge about chronic diseases, including cancer and other diseases that affect people of all ages.
* Implement a new course called the Medical Doctoring Framework (MDF) that offers the most rigorous research on this topic, and includes clinical training in both clinical and translational medicine.
* Provide students with the opportunity to explore the use of advanced biomedical technologies for treating chronic disease, including stem cell therapies, artificial neural implants and other technologies.
* Develop and implement new curricula to provide students with relevant training in the field of clinical and infectious disease and other disease areas.
We’re also calling on schools to: * Implement the best available evidence-based information about the causes of chronic diseases and the steps to improve their management and prevention.
* Improve the use and distribution of medical literature and to increase the quality of medical research.
* Give students a clear, clear path to clinical practice, so they can begin their careers as doctors.
* Educate students about the medical and ethical issues involved in health care.
* Implement strategies to improve the quality and availability of medical care in underserved communities.
* Encourage and support the development of collaborative research between medical schools, research institutions, government and other stakeholders.
* Invest in the research and development of new technologies and services to better support patients and communities.
The American College’s National Commission on Chronic Disease and Care plans to hold a press conference to address the needs of students and their health care providers in January 2019.
For more information, please contact Michael J. O’Brien, Chair, National Commission, at [email protected]
To find out more about the AMA’s Annual Meeting, please visit http://www.meetup.com/annual-meeting-acpa/events/28985936-annual.html.
The ACP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance health care in the United States by promoting excellence in medicine and health care, advancing science, fostering collaboration, promoting public health, protecting intellectual property and promoting public accountability.
For additional information about ACP and its member organizations, visit http:/www.acpusa.org/.
SOURCE American College on Chronic Diseases and Care, ACP, press release, November 25, 2019