Title

How did we make the interdisciplinary generalist curriculum project work? National efforts to facilitate success

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2001

Journal

Academic Medicine

Volume

76

Issue

4 SUPPL.

DOI

10.1097/00001888-200104001-00007

Abstract

The Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum (IGC) Project created curricular changes at the participating schools with very little direct financial support. A reconsideration of the process of this national effort reveals many intangible elements that were as critical to the project's successes as were the direct dollars. Those factors included careful attention to the criteria for school selection, specific project requirements that allowed institutional flexibility in project evolution, national assistance in program implementation, early and ongoing national recognition for project schools, and a highly organized, involved, and goal-oriented national organization. This national initiative provides a successful model for future funding of projects in this era of dwindling financial support for medical education innovation.

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