Panel says collaboration is key to healthcare workers’ future

September 22, 2022

Health leaders said in a recent panel discussion that collaboration is key to shaping the future healthcare workforce.

This was the overwhelming consensus among both experts and participants in the “Future Health Workforce: Insights and Solutions” discussion. The event, hosted by the Arizona State University College of Health Solutions, ASU California CenterIt is located in the historic Herald Examiner building in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

At the panel titled “The Health Workforce of the Future: Insights and Solutions,” held at the ASU California Center in Los Angeles on September 16, Deborah Helitzer (left), Dean of the College of Health Solutions. Donna Elliott and Dr. Introducing Michael Kanter. Photograph by Carl Jimenez/ASU
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Led by the Dean and Professor of the College of Health Solutions Deborah Helitzerpanelists Donna Elliottvice dean and professor at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and Dr. Michael Kanterprofessor and president Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, It answered the question of how colleges and universities can prepare students to face the challenges presented by our healthcare system.

BOther prominent doctors and educators said future doctors and other healthcare providers should learn how to work with others to achieve better health outcomes.

High test scores won’t be enough

Elliott said that high MCAT scores and GPAs will not be the most valuable asset for people applying to medical schools.

“As medical schools continue to screen the large number of applicants who can excel in their institutions and medicine in general, they are looking for students with evidence that they can function as a team,” Elliott said.

Kanter said that modern medicine offers healthcare providers the opportunity to consume large amounts of data about conditions and patients. But addressing these concerns requires more than just reviewing raw data, he said.

“Data in and of itself is useless, and I would argue that information on its own is almost useless,” Kanter said. “What really needs to happen is the application of this knowledge. Students need to learn to transform data into knowledge and knowledge into change. It includes leadership, thinking, how to work in teams and how to train. I think these are general skills that will drive this learning cycle.”

Future doctors need a broad-based curriculum

After the discussion, health leaders took questions from the audience about what they learned, what challenges, and how we should redesign health education and the workforce to reduce inequalities and prepare for a better future through collaboration, transformation and innovation. Helitzer then closed the discussion by asking what schools like the College of Health Solutions at ASU could do to better prepare students for medical school.

Elliott said the traditional pre-med education—subjects like biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English—applied when he went to medical school. language skills were the most helpful.

He said that today’s medical students need a more broad-based curriculum.

“That’s the breadth of education now,” Elliott said. “We need students who think, not memorizers. Students who can think, imagine and apply what they learn. The more opportunities they have to do that before and after we get them, that’s what really matters.”

Full recording of live discussion It is available on the Youtube channel of the College of Health Solutions.

This panel on “The Health Workforce of the Future” storyline To celebrate ASU expansion in California ASU California Center In downtown Los Angeles. Events are open to the public and are designed to share ideas about the issues our communities face and explore collaborations.

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