SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Lauren Meade, associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Baystate Medical Center, has been selected as one of five Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Faculty Scholars who will help to drive future innovation and reform in health professions education.
“Dr. Meade impressed our selection committee with her energy, insights and record of leadership locally and nationally. She has all the characteristics we are looking for in a future leader and educational innovator,” said Foundation president Dr. George E. Thibault.
Selected from a pool of over 70 applicants from across the country, each scholar from the 2013-2014 class will pursue a mentored educational innovation project at their home institution, as well as engage in activities to enhance their career as an educator. Projects range from interprofessionally educating health professions students about oral health and medication prescribing, to teaching students about health disparities and professionalism.
Dr. Meade’s project will identify behaviors from patients, nurses, and physicians for a safe and effective discharge from the hospital, and develop a competency-based program where physician trainees advance as they master competencies in the process of discharge, including interprofessional collaboration, patient communication and engagement within and outside the hospital system.
“I became extraordinarily interested in the complex process of transitioning a patient from the hospital to post-acute care when we developed an innovative medical education program called ‘Tracer.’ For the Tracer program, physicians in training meet a patient on the hospital unit and follow them home or to another facility. They assess
the patient’s experience and the effectiveness of the process of transfer firsthand,”
said Dr. Meade about the discharge project she proposed as part of her research as a Macy Scholar.
“This is a very important transition moment in the patient experience, involving a very complex team structure as the patient moves to his or her next care setting. And to be really successful, our residents must understand its complexities and learn a special skill set surrounding a patient’s discharge,” she added.
“The Macy Foundation is seeking to more closely align health professions education with the needs of society, and Dr. Meade’s project is very consistent with our goals,” said Dr. Thibault.
Established in 2010, the Macy Scholars Program seeks to develop the next generation of national leaders in medical and nursing education by recognizing and nurturing mid-career medical and nursing faculty who have shown great promise as committed educators. It is the only program in the United States to accelerate reforms in health professions education needed to accommodate the dramatic changes occurring
in medical practice and health care delivery.
“We established the scholars program to develop leaders who can help transform health professions education to better meet the public’s needs,” said Dr. Thibault.
Scholars receive salary support at $100,000 per year over two years, providing them with protected time to implement their proposals for educational reform. In addition, scholars will be provided with career development opportunities through mentoring and access to a national support network.
“The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is one of the few foundations to focus on medical education for which there is very little grant support. I had the opportunity recently to serve as a core member of a national think tank when the Department of Internal Medicine at Baystate was one of 21 programs in the United States selected by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to participate in its Educational Innovations Project. As a result, education research became a new passion for me, and I decided to apply to become a Macy Faculty Scholar with the hope of being able to take the next step in education research and healthcare education leadership,” said Dr. Meade.
The first faculty scholar to be selected from Baystate Medical Center, Dr. Meade – who is also an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine – will be mentored over the next two years by Dr. Michael LaCombe, professor of medicine and medical humanities, University of New England, and associate editor of Annals of Internal Medicine. Baystate Medical Center, the area’s only teaching hospital, serves as the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine.
“It is truly an honor to be selected as a Macy Faculty Scholar and to be a doctor living out my lifelong passion to help improve societal well-being, as well as my newer passion for medical education. It is a privilege to be guiding the careers of our medical residents during a time of great professional growth as they develop the skills to become competent physicians, who will eventually treat patients on their own after successfully completing their residency,” said Dr. Meade.
For more information on Baystate Medical Center, visit baystatehealth.org/bmc.