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Implementing Biomedical Innovations into Health, Education, and Practice - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128196205, 9780128216040

Implementing Biomedical Innovations into Health, Education, and Practice

1st Edition

Preparing Tomorrow's Physicians

Author: James Woolliscroft
Paperback ISBN: 9780128196205
eBook ISBN: 9780128216040
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd October 2019
Page Count: 308
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Our increased understanding of health and disease coupled with major technologic advances has resulted in rapid and significant changes in the practice of medicine. How we prepare physicians for clinical practice 20, 30, or 40 years from now is of paramount importance to medical educators, to the future professionals, and to society at large.

Implementing Biomedical Innovations into Health, Education, and Practice delves into this important question, discussing the effects of precision medicine, bioinformatics, biologic and environmental forces, and societal shifts on the physician’s approach to diagnosis and therapy. The author interviewed world-renowned physicians, medical educators, healthcare leaders, and research professionals—their insights and quotes are woven throughout the narrative.

Professionally illustrated, this relevant resource is a must-have for all medical professionals who incorporate technology and biomedical innovations in their research and clinical practice. It encourages thoughtful analysis on adapting and developing the foundational knowledge, skills, and aptitudes of future physicians and other healthcare professionals, and it belongs in your library.

“Having completed deanship at one of America’s leading medical schools, Jim Woolliscroft produces an insightful, contemplative projection of the likely skill and behavioral needs of the physician workforce for the mid-21st century...The result is a playbook for physician training that responds effectively to the daunting challenges faced in the coming transformation of the role of physicians in protecting the health of our nation.”
James L. Madara, MD, CEO, American Medical Association

“Dr. Woolliscroft’s provocative new book will become must reading for all who are serious about educating the next generation of physicians and health care leaders. Leveraging his own experience as a consummate educator and interviews with numerous thought leaders, he identifies the uncertainties, challenges and disruptions to the practice of medicine in the decades ahead. The implications and imperatives for the coming generations of physicians are compelling and of critical importance for care givers, policy makers, and most pointedly educators in the U.S. and around the world.”
Gary S. Kaplan MD, Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Health System

“This ambitious masterpiece, by one of the leading medical educators of our time, fully captures the ongoing changes and disruptions in medicine today, and how they will influence the care of patients and the training of young physicians in the future.”
Eric Topol, MD, Executive Vice President, Scripps Research, Author of Deep Medicine

Key Features

  • Discusses likely technologic disruptors: sensors, AI, machine learning, and robotics
  • Highlights microbiota, genetics, molecular biology, gene therapy, and regenerative and precision medicine as likely disruptors
  • Presents an intriguing set of scenarios depicting the life of future physicians


Medical professionals and academic clinicians interested in precision medicine and the future of medicine, medical educators, administrators who are involved in med curriculum. Industries that are involved in biotechnology, and potentially med education

Table of Contents

1. Life as a mid-21st century physician
2. The shaping of ‘modern’ medical education

3. Healer and pofessional roles
4. Communication
5. Economics
6. Diagnosis and clinical reasoning

7. Demographics
8. Technology and computing
9. Microbiota and the microbiome
10. Genetics and molecular biology
11. Regenerative medicine
12. Precision medicine

13. A new mental model for clinical education
14. Premedical education
15. Medical school education
16. Content domains for the 21st century physician
17. Graduate medical education
18. Educational directions and challenges
19. Considerations when designing educational experiences
20. Reflections and concluding thoughts


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About the Author

James Woolliscroft

Dr. Woolliscroft, the former dean of the University of Michigan Medical School, is an internationally recognized medical educator and expert on innovation in medicine. He was selected as the first Josiah Macy, Jr. Professor of Medical Education, an endowed professorship awarded through a national competition in 1996. In January 2001, he received a second endowed professorship, the Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine recognizing his work in enhancing the practice of medicine through education. He was chosen as a fellow of the AAMC’s Council of Deans, received the Society of General Medical Education’s Career Achievement in Medical Education Award, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine). His research interests in precision medicine, innovation, and medical education have resulted in numerous publications, invited presentations and visiting professorships across the United States and internationally.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief of Clinical Affairs, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor MI, USA

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