How Technology Is Improving Medical School Education, Addressing Physician Shortages, and Increasing Physician Diversity
Dr. David Lenihan, the CEO of Tiber Health, a technology company that is focused on innovating medical school education and helping to solve the global physician shortage joins Enterprise Radio.
- According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, an increasingly diverse population in the United States is seeing its medical needs met by an overwhelmingly white pool of doctors. Where in the country is this most prevalent, and how does this create difficulties with facilities that are trying to provide adequate medical care for patients?
- Along with the need for diversity among physicians, another topic that you’re passionate about is the current model for medical school education. Why is this an area of concern, and how does it impact the healthcare industry?
- You’ve implemented a technology-enabled curriculum at Ponce Health Sciences University that aims to address these two challenges: (1) increasing the diversity of medical providers and (2) upgrading traditional medical school practices to produce better prepared doctors. How can technology be a solution for these two goals?
- What kind of results have you achieved at Ponce using this methodology?
- Can the strategy that you’re implementing at Ponce deliver benefits for medical schools that are based in the U.S. as well as medical schools in other parts of the world?
- How does the approach that’s in place at Ponce address another crucial obstacle, which is the growing shortfall of doctors across the United States?
Dr. David Lenihan is the co-founder and CEO of Tiber Health. He is committed to making medical education more accessible for students of all backgrounds and income levels. An experienced educator and medical practitioner, he has witnessed first-hand the limitations of the traditional medical school model, and endeavors to create a more inclusive and effective one.
The Tiber Health methdology is inspired by students at Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico, where Dr. Lenihan serves as President, and the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, where he served as Dean. Dr. Lenihan has fundamentally changed the way in which medical education is taught. By flipping the classroom, personalizing curriculum, and assessing students and faculty in real-time, he has created a model that reduces costs while improving curriculum quality, graduate rates, and U.S. medical board exam scores.
Previously, Dr. Lenihan founded a system of outpatient clinics in the UK. With a Ph.D. in Peripheral Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh, where he was also a peripheral nerve surgical fellow; a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer University; and a Juris Doctor from Touro University, Dr. Lenihan has studied the human body and health care delivery extensively. He has worked as a postdoctoral fellow in spinal cord injury at Washington University (St. Louis, MO), and has published over 20 scientific papers on the assessment and repair of the nervous system.
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